Bloomington, IN

Local nonprofit, The George E. Archer Foundation, takes its donor’s words literally -- “to help boys and girls learn about gardening” — and puts its money where its mission is. Since the Fall of 2010 The George E. Archer Foundation has made grants available for youth gardening education in eight south central Indiana counties: Bartholomew, Brown, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan and Owen. “Awareness continues to grow around locally grown food, organic and sustainable agriculture and nutrition education. The time is right to further expand our response to these national trends and reach even more children,” said Judith Granbois, President of The George E. Archer Foundation. "We've been supporting youth gardening education for 26 years now, and we are excited to share our experience and expertise with the broader community."

The Archer Foundation's youth gardening grants are open to nonprofit organizations and educators interested in teaching kids to garden. Programs of special interest to the foundation include school gardens and curriculum integration for K-8, afterschool and summer programs, as well as programs serving children with special needs and lower income youth. Basic Grants are generally between $250 and $1,000, and Discretionary Grants may be more. According to Archer Foundation Treasurer, Arthur Jacques, “Our goal is to diversify grant opportunities because what we are doing touches so many aspects of children’s lives — from environmental awareness, to academic achievement, to health and nutrition and even emotional development. We intend to support new and existing children’s gardening initiatives and to publish program results to facilitate learning.”

About The George E. Archer Foundation: The George E. Archer Foundation is an independent private foundation established in 1984 and located in Bloomington, Indiana. For more information, visit

Media Contact: Judith Granbois, President
The George E. Archer Foundation