Captain Planet Foundation, Atlanta, GA

Thanks to the Keep America Beautiful & Lowe’s Community Grant Program, The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) successfully installed the Captain Planet Learning Gardens (CPLG) Program in 8 Ventura County elementary schools, impacting a grand total of 7,425 students!

CPF provided the schools with all necessary Learning Garden Tools to launch the program, including garden installation, interpretive garden signs for self-guided learning, garden-based lesson plans tied to standards (three lessons per grade K-5), lesson supply kits for each lesson, supplies needed to teach lessons outdoors, a mobile cooking cart, 2-day professional development/teacher training workshop, a plan for summer garden maintenance and a ‘Sustainability Toolkit.’

By participating in this program, students came away with a better understanding of their everyday connections to nature, a deeper understanding of food origins, and a heightened interest in fresh foods. When CPF chose Ventura County as a location to host a California Pilot of the CPLG Program, we wanted to:

- Increase the visibility and awareness of Keep America Beautiful within a county where there is currently no KAB affiliate
- Help children in this underserved county make the connection between the food they eat daily and the agricultural basin in which they live.

Through this program, students learned core subjects in the context of a garden, were able to taste and consume fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the garden, and participate in cooking demonstrations facilitated by the mobile cooking cart. Teachers reported that students were extremely receptive to trying new fruits and vegetables and were eager to spend more time in the garden!

Through a series of surveys we collected, we learned that even the teachers benefited a great deal as well! Many of our target educators felt inspired and engaged, felt that the professional development workshop hosted by CPF was one of the best they’ve attended, and in some cases, teachers began to write their own garden based lessons beyond those included with the Program.

Thank you Keep America Beautiful & Lowe’s for allowing CPF to bring our successful Learning Gardens Program to California! We hope to work with you again soon!

Keep Clark County Beautiful – Springfield, Ohio

On May 10, 2014, dozens of Keep Clark County Beautiful volunteers came out for the 5th Annual Great Downtown Cleanup!

The volunteers planted flowers, laid mulch, pruned trees, and collected 53 bags of litter from 30 blocks of downtown Springfield, Ohio. Here, volunteer Master Gardeners prepare to plant flowers that their organization donated at the Clark County public library.

Keep Virginia Beautiful, Glen Allen, VA

Keep Virginia Beautiful’s “30 Grants in 30 Days” was a great success in 2013! Our nearly 3,000 volunteers worked tirelessly to make the 30 projects a great success, cleaning up 14,057 pounds of debris; planting 705 plants and 109 trees; and installing 25 gardens. Keep Virginia Beautiful would like to thank Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful for their sponsorship of our “30 in 30″ program in 2013!

Keep Orlando Beautiful, FL – USCC

Orlando Students Help Grow Tomatoes for Community Gardens and Food Banks

Keep Orlando Beautiful (KOB) recently worked with other local nonprofits, students and compost producers to kick off a new gardening project in downtown Orlando, as part of a nationwide collaborative effort to build healthy soil and grow healthy food for community gardens and food banks.

Volunteers and local youth put down compost at Downtown Credo’s community garden and planted tomatoes and other vegetables at a community garden located at the New Image Youth Center in the historic Parramore community. In addition to growing vegetables, youths will sell the produce at the farmer’s markets and learn to cook fresh food from the garden.

This event was part of Keep America Beautiful partner U.S. Composting Council’s Million Tomato Campaign, which brings together compost producers, chefs, community gardens and food banks from all over the nation to help build healthy soil and produce sustainably grown, local food for our communities.

“We’re so excited to see this campaign getting off the ground in Orlando,” said Michael Virga, executive director of the U.S. Composting Council. “By working together to build healthy soil and grow healthy food, we can offer meaningful ways for kids to learn about improving their local environment and their own health.”