California League Baseball
Going to bat for school gardens
Growing minds are nurtured by growing gardens. There are so many benefits of adding gardens to our communities’ schools. School gardens allow students to learn first-hand about healthy nutrition and environmental stewardship, as well as the lifecycle of plants. They provide experiential and enriching learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom. And they encourage students to create something beneficial and beautiful, with their own hands.
Many schools, however, lack the ingredients to build their own gardens. That’s where Kellogg and the California League Baseball come in. We’re partnering to encourage schools and students to build organic gardens, and are rewarding them for their innovative thinking.
Founded in 1941, the California League Baseball is a ‘Class A Advanced’ minor league baseball league comprised of ten teams throughout Northern and Southern California.The teams play a 140-game season starting in April. The “Cal League” partners with Kellogg to support local schools’ efforts to create school gardens. Each year, individual students from schools in the ten-team areas of the Cal League submit their garden designs to Cal League and Kellogg representatives. Winning designs are then equipped with organic soils and fertilizers donated by Kellogg, to bring their gardens to life. Winning classes are also invited onto the field with their local Cal League team, where students throw out the first pitch.
“It is very important to Kellogg and to me personally to impress the importance and value of the environment on the next generation,” explains Kathy Kellogg Johnson. “Through working together to construct garden beds, students begin to understand and connect with the environment. That’s why, whenever possible, Kellogg fosters this learning experience by donating soil and fertilizers to local school gardens.”
“This is a perfect partnership for the California League,” says Cal League President Charlie Blaney. “Kellogg Garden is a privately owned, community and environmentally friendly company and Minor League Baseball is a family oriented business with a community-driven atmosphere. We couldn’t be happier to support such a great company and hope our fans do the same.”