It’s no secret that many children in the United States aren’t eating enough fresh vegetables, or spending enough time outdoors in the garden.

That’s exactly what the Kitchen Community, a 501c3 nonprofit, is working hard to change.  All photos copyright the Kitchen Community, except the Victory Brand image.

Kitchen Community helps connects kids to healthy foods.Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Kitchen Community is the philanthropic arm of The Kitchen restaurants.

Kitchen community uses modular garden pieces to grow foodThanks to its efforts, 120 school and community center Learning Gardens with nine additional community gardens were established in 2013 in Colorado, Illinois, California, Arkansas, Massachusetts and South Dakota.

Using an easy, affordable, scalable school garden solution, these attractive outdoor classrooms and experiential spaces are reconnecting kids and teachers with fresh-grown foods.

Kitchen Community gardens use Victory Garden SoilSanctuary Soil is honored that its Victory Brand Superior Garden Soil, produced by California Soils, was selected to be used in six Learning Gardens located throughout Southern California.

  • Foster Elementary School, 501 S. Santa Fe Ave, Compton, CA 90221
  • Boys & Girls Club of Venice, 2232 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
  • Samuel L Gompers Middle School, 234 E. 112th St, Los Angeles, CA 90061
  • Los Angeles Unified School District, 4041 Hillcrest Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90008
  • Lull Elementary School, 17551 Miranda St, Encino, CA 91316
  • York Elementary School, 11838 York Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

kids building kitchen community“A healthy garden begins with healthy soil,” says Mitch Davis, California Soils Vice President. “Victory Brand is ideal for use around children and pets. The soil is Clean Green Certified and packed with organic, sustainably harvested minerals and natural nutrients. You won’t find any urea, sewage or funky chemicals here.”

Lull Elementary is part of the Kitchen CommunityThese gardens are meant to be touched. As the Kitchen Community explains, the “Learning Gardens are designed to be places kids want to play and teachers want to teach, thereby helping to decrease childhood obesity, improve academic performance, and strengthen communities.”

At the Lull Elementary School Garden in Encino, the Learning Garden had a terrific summer harvest.

“Parents, teachers and students were invited to participate,” reports Kitchen Garden’s site. Students could experience the “sight, smell, touch and taste, while examining, handling and tasting the bounty of the summer garden.”

sunflowers at lull elementary kitchen communityThe California elementary school is already seeing great results in its fall garden, and Sanctuary Soil is proud to be part of the growing process all year long.

Learn how you can support the Kitchen Community and help more kids eat and enjoy fresh-grown foods.