We are excited to invite you to apply for a special grant to win a Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden® through a partnership with Key Food, DOLE® Packaged Foods, and the Captain Planet Foundation.

The competition is open to all schools (K-5) located in one of the five New York City Boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, or Staten Island. Two (2) grand prize winners will be selected.

Captain Planet Foundation’s (CPF) Project Learning Garden Program offers schools strategies for building effective and long-lasting garden-based learning programs. Gardens provide a context for multi-disciplinary learning in subjects across the curriculum. See below for more detailed information on Project Learning Garden. Please complete the following application to the best of your abilities for a chance to win the Project Learning Garden Program for your school!

Click here to download or view the Official Rules. 

PLG program photo

Project Learning Gardens Program includes:

  • Installation of 5 raised beds for veggies and an in-ground pollinator garden
  • 6 Lessons per grade level (K-5) aligned to common core standards and the framework for K-12  science education
  • Lesson kits filled with all supplies needed to teach lessons (3 per grade level)
  • Fully-equipped Mobile Cooking Cart to demonstrate garden-fresh recipes
  • Summer garden management program model
  • Professional development workshop for up to 6 teachers per school

Students involved in school gardens benefit by:·

  • Expanding their palates, taste-testing healthy foods, and learning about food origins
  • Engaging in authentic science field investigations
  • Manipulating the environment to understand math in real-life applications
  • Recreating historical activities
  • Writing across all disciplines

Key Food Stores Co-Operative, Inc. Founded in Brooklyn in 1937, Key Food Stores Co-Operative Inc. includes over 240 primarily member-owned and corporate grocery stores with $2.7 billion in annual sales. In addition to Key Food, these stores operate under various other banners including: Food Universe, The Food Emporium, SuperFresh, and Food Dynasty in all five boroughs, Long Island, upstate New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Please visit www.keyfood.com for more information.

Dole Packaged Foods, LLC is a world leader in growing, sourcing, distributing and marketing fruit and healthy snacks. Dole sells a full-line of packaged ambient fruit, frozen fruit, dried fruit, and juices. The company focuses on four pillars of sustainability in all of its operations: water management, carbon footprint, soil conservation and waste reduction. For more information please visit dolesunshine.com or doleintlcsr.com.

Contest Form

Note: Before you are able to submit the application, you will be asked to upload a signed copy of the Project Learning Garden Letter of Agreement as signed by your school’s Principal. Please complete this step before you begin the application. 

Click here to download the Project Learning Garden Letter of Agreement

If you have problems completing this form, please contact
Alysa Moore at alysa@captainplanetfdn.org.