Growing Chefs! Sponsorship Opportunities

Each year the demand for the program outweighs our resources and we have a waiting list of schools wishing to participate. Currently schools pay on a sliding scale up to $400 for the program, which we provide at a cost to ourselves. The actual cost is $1,000 per classroom.

To help support the program, we are offering sponsorship opportunities to interested local businesses and organizations. Each classroom sponsorship is $1,000. These funds will go towards covering the classroom costs and materials, including:

  • Windowsill gardening equipment 
  • Cooking equipment
  • Books and Educational materials
  • Fresh produce for taste tests and lessons
  • 10 staff hours
  • Volunteer recruitment and training
  • Material transportation and equipment care

How sponsorship works

Your organization is paired with an elementary school participating in the Classroom Gardening Project and your name is clearly labeled as Classroom Sponsor on the Letter of Participation and Certificate of Program Completion distributed to each child to take home.

Your organization is paired with a school that best meets your demographic or geographic considerations.

Your organization receives a certificate of participation and a token of appreciation package from the classroom you sponsored as a reminder of the difference your contribution has made.

Your organization's name and logo is displayed prominently in the Classroom Sponsors section of our website, and is included in our marketing and promotional materials. You will also receive a Growing Chefs! Classroom Sponsor logo for your organization’s marketing material. You and your employees are also invited to attend a Growing Chefs! class to meet the students and the chefs. 

Your contribution will…

  • Give children hands-on experience growing their own food.
  • Help improve children’s eating habits to reduce childhood disease and obesity.
  • Help children understand the connection between food and their communities.
  • Give children basic cooking skills to share with their families.
  • Connect local chefs and restaurant staff with the community. 

Did you know? Research shows that garden-based education…

  • Improves academic performance, especially in areas of math and science.
  • Improves student attitudes towards learning.
  • Helps to increase attention span.

To learn more about Growing Chefs! and the Classroom Gardening Program Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Executive Director Helen Stortini at 778.885.1308 or send us an email