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School Garden Grant Program

Modesto GRANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: CFF prefers to have all grant applications sent to us in electronic form. Please download the application form, scan it into your computer, and email it and your supporting information to Kayla Gangl at cffgrant@healthyplants.org. Thank you for applying for a CFF school garden grant.

Hancock Park Elementary School students show their excitement after their school received a $1,200 CFF grant to grow their campus garden.

Grants Awarded Total Over $464,000!
In 1999, the California Fertilizer Foundation (CFF) contributed $8,000 to predominately urban schools in California to be used in sustaining or establishing school gardens. To date, CFF has donated more than $464,000 to more than 410 California schools for school garden projects.

Over the years, we have expanded our program and are now able to annually provide 24 grants for $1,200 each to schools throughout California (12 awarded twice a year). At the end of each year, winning schools can re-apply for a progress grant of $1,500 and a free agricultural field trip. Through the garden program, CFF provides direct funding to California schools for garden projects. The gardens provide an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to truly "grow" together. For more information, please contact Kayla Gangl at (916) 574-9744.


CFF members annually give $1,200 each to 24 California schools to grow student gardens.

Grant Application: 

CFF is now accepting Garden Grant applications with an application submission deadline of May 26th, 2023. Applications can be found here. If you would like to be added to the email notification list to be notified when we begin accepting future grant applications, please email Kayla Gangl at kaylag@healthyplants.org.
We wish our applicants the best of luck and we look forward to providing more grant opportunities in the future.

A Garden in Every School
Our goal is to put a garden in every interested school.  With almost 10,000 schools in California, this is not a goal we'll reach on our own.  We're lucky to have great partners. The California School Garden Network is a group of organizations who have a shared interest in garden-based learning and are working together to teach about agriculture through the use of school gardens.

New Edition of the Horticulture Western Fertilizer Handbook For Sale

Years in the making, CFF is pleased to announce that the new Western Fertilizer Handbook, Third Horticulture Edition, is now available for purchase.

This book presents fertilization, nutrient management, and related topics based on the fundamentals of biological and physical sciences. It is a must-read for professionals in the nursery, golf turf and landscape fields. The information in this book is set in a horticulture context so that it can be more easily understood by the student and the amateur horticulturist and more rapidly applied by the industry professional. The publication is widely used in high schools and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. You can ORDER IT here.

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