Schools around the world struggle to feed children healthy meals, especially in under-resourced and low-income neighborhoods. Yet fresh fruit is critical for growing bodies and minds, as is time spent outdoors and engaging with nature. We need to provide children with multi-faceted campuses that serve many dual purposes, including growing food, creating clean environments, and providing unique and engaging learning opportunities around nutrition and nature.
Orchards provide students with 1) a source of fresh, sustainable, healthy nutrition, 2) clean, beautiful campuses, and 3) educational opportunities on nature, science, diets, and food. Every orchard is planted with the help of the students, providing fun and engaging experiences. We also provide educators with our signature environmental curriculum, which outlines lessons in the orchards from day one and for all levels of students to engage with the orchards as the trees grow and mature.
Once fully grown, a single schoolyard orchard can produce 7,800 pounds of oxygen, sequester 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide and filter 300 pounds of pollutants from the air, and produce 2,200 pounds of harvest every year. The orchards also serve generations of students as centers of learning and respect for nature, thus inspiring, educating, and feeding thousands of children. Our hope is students will one day return to see the trees they've planted and the good their orchards have done!