Some great news out of the Office of Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla who’s School Garden Bill was signed yesterday into law by Governor Brown to give explicit authority to schools who maintain school garden programs the authority to sell their produce and reinvest the funds into their garden programs. Here is the press release below.
Governor Signs Bonilla’s School Garden Bill
Many schools in California have created school gardens to fulfill educational goals with the added benefit of bringing local quality produce to their communities. “I have seen in my own district the successes that can be achieved by integrating a school garden into the curriculum of various subjects,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. However, with recent budget cuts, valuable programs like school gardens are vulnerable to reduction or even complete elimination.
“AB 2367 is a simple and common sense solution to recognize a sustainable source of funding and immunize school gardens from the threat of closure due to lack of state or federal funding,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “School gardens are vital to our society and help schools decrease obesity by bringing students outside and encouraging them to eat more fruits and vegetables.”