In a recent garden class, a third grade student exclaimed in disbelief, “You can eat plants?” but by the fifth week of class he was eating radishes straight from the garden. Edible Peace Patch is building food-literate students who know how to grow, cook, identify, and love fresh fruits and vegetables. But we have a funding emergency, and we need YOUR help!
Our Mission: We are a 501c3 non-profit with a mission to cultivate healthy minds and bodies through hands-on educational gardens, producing successful individuals and thriving communities. We maintain educational school gardens and offer weekly garden lessons at eight Title 1 Elementary Schools in Pinellas County. We have also started a new Garden Education project in the Jordan Park community. That’s a total of nine gardens! None of it could be possible without the assistance of our Community!
Our History: The Edible Peace Patch was named by the students at Lakewood Elementary school in St. Petersburg, Florida, where our first educational garden was founded in 2009 by a school parent and Professor of Environmental Studies at Eckerd College. Lakewood, a Title 1 Elementary school, in one of Florida’s most under-served communities, is strapped for resources and faced with rigorous testing requirements. Title 1 schools like Lakewood are unable to offer any sort of outdoor, hands-on education, in science, nutrition, or other fundamental skills. And they are often located in Food Deserts, meaning their surrounding communities do not have adequate access to fresh fruit and vegetables within a one mile radius.
Our Education Program:
Our educational gardens have brought schoolchildren together with local college students and community members as volunteer educators, strengthening community ties and teaching lessons about science, math, reading, environmental ecology and sustainability, and the importance of a healthy diet. The education program is:
Standards based (it's tightly aligned with the Sunshine State Standards)
And it gives the community greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables!
8 school-based educational gardens in Pinellas County
1 community-based educational garden at Jordan Park in south St. Petersburg
700 students + engaged in garden education every school year
100% of teachers in our Spring 2018 Education Program reported that students retained the information learned during garden lessons
100% of teachers in our Spring 2018 program reported that students were more willing to eat healthfully during and after our Garden Education Program
250 + volunteers engaged every school year, teaching and maintaining our school gardens
300 + pounds of food waste diverted weekly from the St Pete landfill and turned into garden soil, thats 1,200 + pounds of food waste diverted each month!
We even have a FREE After School Program, in collaboration with 21st Century Learning and Community Partnerships! Here we promote kindness, respect, Ecological awareness, wellness, and exploration!
Edible Peace Patch is doing its part to address the enormous issues of food insecurity, diet-related health illness, and social inequality in Pinellas County and we need your help! You can support our work of empowering our youth and local community, through your donation!
$20: Seeds and gloves for one Class!
$100: Educational materials for one class!
$250: Educates one student for a whole year!
$500: Educates two students for a whole year!
$1,000: Educates a small group of students (4-5) for a whole year!
$5,000: Supports all of the education for an entire garden bed for a year!
$10,000+ : Supports all of the educational programming at a whole school for a year!
Any donation amount will be loved, appreciated, and put to good use.
Thank you for taking the time and please spread the news of our current campaign!
To learn about volunteering and other ways to get involved, please contact [email redacted]
DonationsSee top donations
- Gregory Marks
- Lucille Lopez
- Sydney Wallace
The Edible Peace Patch Project
St. Petersburg, FL
Edible Peace Patch Project Inc
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.