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Festival Foods and Dole Packaged Foods to help install learning gardens at two Wisconsin schools

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Festival Foods and Dole Packaged Foods LLC are working together on a special promotion that will bring Captain Planet Foundation Learning Gardens to two Wisconsin schools.

The Captain Planet Foundation selected two schools, both in the Baraboo School District, to receive a learning garden this month. The schools are:

  • West Elementary Kindergarten Center won an enhancement garden because they already have a school garden on site. They have received funding to update and replenish their garden and gardening supplies.

  • North Freedom is receiving a brand new learning garden. Dole, Captain Planet Foundation, and Festival Foods will be gathering on Tuesday, May 21, to work with students to build the garden beds and plant for the season. Festival Foods’ Mealtime Mentors will be doing activities with the students to share their knowledge on growing (and enjoying!) plants and vegetables. The Big Cart will be on site to join in on the celebration!

Baraboo Festival Foods

CPF’s Project Learning Garden program provides a context for multidisciplinary garden-based learning in subjects ranging from nutrition and science to social studies, math and language arts. Students benefit by expanding their palates, taste-testing healthy foods, and learning about food origins.

“Here at Dole, we understand the importance of teaching children the benefits of incorporating fruits and vegetables into their diet, whether they are enjoying fresh produce from a learning garden, or a healthy Dole snack,” said Larry White, Vice President – Sales, Dole Packaged Foods. “By partnering with Captain Planet Foundation and Festival Foods for this contest, we will be helping students learn about and develop healthy habits.”

“Anything can be taught in the context of the garden, and hands-on learning supports student understanding of natural systems, food origins and healthy eating,” said Leesa Carter, Executive Director of Captain Planet Foundation. “Captain Planet Foundation is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of environmental stewards, and ensuring they are armed with an understanding of the natural world in which they live.”

“We are excited to partner with Dole on this contest,” said Samantha Petersen, Community Involvement Specialist at Festival Foods. “Giving back to the neighborhoods we serve is incredibly important to us, and we are always looking for ways to improve the quality of the life for children through education, nutrition and healthy living.”

planet cartoon

Based on the critically-acclaimed animated series “Captain Planet and the Planeteers,” CPF was co-founded in 1991 by media mogul Ted Turner and producer Barbara Pyle. Since then, the Captain Planet Foundation has played a critical role in helping to ensure that the next generation of business leaders and policy makers are environmentally literate citizens who leverage technology and information to manage and protect the air, land, and water upon which all life depends.

CPF is a grant-making foundation that has funded over 2,000 hands-on environmental education projects with schools and non-profits that serve children in all 50 U.S. states and in 23 countries internationally. More than 1.4 million children have directly participated in and benefited from these educational projects.  In addition to its Small Grants Program, the Captain Planet Foundation also operates the following programs: Project Learning Garden, the Leadership Center, SAGES, Project Hero, and many other science education initiatives that accelerate the intersections between technology, innovation, the environment and personal action.  More information is online here.

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