Picture of Pryor Garden Ground Breaking

Pryor MS Breaks Ground on Whole Kids Foundation Community Garden

Picture of Pryor Garden Ground-BreakingPryor Middle School recently held a Ground Breaking Ceremony for their new Whole Kids Foundation Community Garden that features raised beds for growing herbs and vegetables and will serve as a great resource to teach students about healthy eating and agriculture.

Brooke Barron, Pryor Middle School Principal, said that Pryor applied for a $2,000 grant from Whole Foods Market to start the community garden.  Once they learned they were approved for the grant, several other community sponsors stepped up to help get the garden set up and ready for the students to start planting.

Bay’s Lawn and Landscaping built the garden and fence, and the Okaloosa County Public Schools Foundation and Consortium of Florida Education Foundations provided additional needed funds.

“The premise of the whole program is teaching kids to eat healthy,” said Jessica Foy, Whole Foods Market. “They’ll be taking the crops that they grow here and cooking them in school. This is what it’s all about: getting fresh produce in kids’ hands.”

Alongside Whole Foods Market team members, Pryor’s horticulture and gardening club students were on hand after the ceremony to begin the exciting process of planting a variety of seeds from green beans and tomatoes to herbs and other vegetables. The students will grow the vegetables and herbs and then use them throughout the school for hands-on learning.  Refreshments were provided to the planting crew by Whole Foods Market Destin.

“The garden is going to allow our students to understand the process of how food grows and is harvested,” Barron said. “We want to instill the love of growing and contributing to the earth in a healthy way.”

By creating edible garden learning spaces at schools, the Whole Kids Foundation® School Garden Grant Program, strives to ensure that students feel connected to their food; the more curious they become about how things grow or taste, the more willing they are to try new foods. Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant Program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to a K-12 school, or a non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds.

Whole Kids Foundation®, which uses funds raised through Whole Foods Market events and initiatives to help put gardens and salad bars in local schools, has impacted more than five and a half million children in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. since 2011. Throughout the years, they have been able to fund more than 4,250 school gardens and have funded 4,983 salad bars in schools. For more info, visit: https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/

The Pryor Middle School Community Garden was made possible by donations from the following community sponsors: Whole Foods Market, Bay’s Lawn and Landscape, the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, and the Mary Esther Community Garden.

Whole Foods Market – Destin is located at 4402 Legendary Drive, Destin, FL 32541; Telephone: (850) 269-7400.  Learn more about the Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grants here.

Visit the OCSD Facebook page to view a photo gallery of this event.


About Whole Foods Market®

Founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, team member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 87,000 team members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2015, the company had sales of more than $15.4 billion and currently has more than 455 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more company news and information, please visit media.wfm.com.