ISU Extension is one of four state cooperative extension services that will develop and run the People’s Garden School Pilot Program. The $1 million pilot program is authorized under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. It will serve an estimated 2,800 students in Washington, New York, Iowa and Arkansas.
The pilot explores the impact of school gardens on learning and on changing student consumption patterns so they make healthier food choices. Twenty Iowa schools and many community partners such as 4-H clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs and other after-school youth groups will participate.