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Garden and Nutrition


The Foundation funds a Garden and Nutrition Educator who provides enrichment opportunities for all students using the Rutabaga Education Curriculum. This hands-on program helps all TPES students develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually through garden-based science, nutrition, and nature experiencesThe program aims to provide structure, teaching standards, and exciting tools for all ages and abilities at TPES to be curious and successful in gardening, science, nature, and nutrition. The program helps develop lifelong healthy habits personally, in the community, and on the planet.

Foundation-funded Garden and Nutrition educator, Mr. A., delivers an engaging garden curriculum in the Spring trimester. This program incorporates science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and differentiated Common Core standards while learning about nutrition, environmental responsibility, and collaboration.

The garden program also offers an impactful community building opportunity on campus that engages students, teachers, staff, and families to generate campus pride and friendships. TPES community members have opportunities to volunteer and help look after the TPES garden on campus.

To ensure long-term sustainability of the TPES garden and ease of maintenance, the Foundation invested in new irrigation for our garden beds as well as fresh supplies to support the program.

We are proud to announce that the Foundation was awarded a grant for much needed high quality soil and supplies by the Village Garden Club of La Jolla. We are so grateful for their support! 

The Foundation is also working with the district to participate in their "Harvest of the Month" program to provide farm-to-school produce for students.

For more information, please contact TPES Foundation VP Academic Affairs. To volunteer, please contact TPES Foundation VP Campus Relations & TPES Foundation Garden Chair.

Section 5 of Article IX of the California Constitution guarantees students a “free public education.”

Torrey Pines Elementary School Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 8350 Cliffridge Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037 

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