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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a registered 501(c)3?

Yes, Healthy Planet Foundation USA is a registered 501(c)3 California nonprofit public benefit corporation (EIN 27-3667507).

Do you only help public schools?

Our funding model enables us to help ANY school; public, private, charter, religious, etc.

How are you funded?

We’re funded through a diverse group of foundations, businesses, private donors, and the schools themselves. This enables Healthy Planet to help any school in need. This model brings the whole community together while empowering everyone involved, ensuring long-term success and sustainability of every garden.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, your donation is tax deductible and you will receive a receipt from us any time you make a donation.

How do I get involved?

There are a number of ways you can get involved.

What is the Healthy Planet Greenhouse?

The Greenhouse is the nickname of Healthy Planet’s headquarters in San Francisco.  It was voted on by all of our great friends, fans, and followers on Twitter and Facebook in 2013. The name is very fitting, as our headquarters are where we “plant the seeds” of programs and nurture them until they’re ready to grow on their own at schools and communities across the country.

Are you managed by Healthy Planet UK?

While we have a great relationship with Healthy Planet UK, and do share branding and overall vision, we are completely independent of one another. We each have our own separate Board of Directors that manage our organizations in each country, and we’re each legally registered as charities independent of one another in each country.

How can I donate to Healthy Planet?

At the top right of any page on our website (including this one!) is a circle that says “Donate.” It’s located next to the search box. Just click that button and follow the directions to make your tax deductible donation.

Cash, checks and online donations are also gratefully accepted.

Checks can be made out to Healthy Planet Foundation USA and mailed to:

Healthy Planet Foundation USA
PO Box 27371
San Francisco, CA 94127

For more ways to give visit our Ways of Giving page.
Thank you for thinking of us and helping to reduce childhood obesity.

What is a School Champion?

A School Champion is someone that has ‘championed’ a school by donating money to start or support a Healthy Growing School Garden program.

A School Champion can be an individual, a group, or a business.

School Champions are an integral part of our community crowdfunding platform.

You can be the sole Champion for a particular school by donating the full amount needed for that school garden program or you can be one of many Champions by donating a partial amount for a school.

As a School Champion, you can support as many schools and communities as you’d like.

Check out our infographic for more information and take a look at our School Champion Community!

Are you a registered 501(c)3?

Yes, Healthy Planet Foundation USA is a registered 501(c)3 California nonprofit public benefit corporation (EIN 27-3667507).

What does my school garden donation pay for?

Your generous donation pays for essential school garden learning materials that may include seeds, garden tools, soil, curriculum development, program planning, and much more. For a more comprehensive list, click here.

Your donation not only helps start a school garden program, but it’s a sustainable investment as well. We’ve designed our programs to be self-sustaining and with minimal future funding. Once the garden program is launched, future funding can be secured from the students’ Enterprise Projects, which are created with the help of the entrepreneurial-based curriculum.

How is our school garden program funded?

We support schools financially, on a sliding scale, based on free/reduced lunch numbers. However, every school must pay for at least 25% of the costs. By requiring schools to provide some of the funding, ownership, responsibility, and long-term sustainability increase drastically.

We also provide schools with a free community crowdfunding platform to raise community support and their portion of the funding. We build and manage that platform for each school to use along with a plethora of other fundraising resources to help increase success rates.

The average cost of a Healthy Growing School Garden is about $4,000. So if every family contributes just $10 at an average school, your school garden dream could come true.

 

How much does a school garden program cost?

It depends on many factors, including size, location, landscape, resources, etc. but the average cost of a Healthy Growing School Garden program is around $4,000.

So if every family contributed just $10 at an average school, your school garden dream could come true!

Am I responsible for raising the money for my school garden or is Healthy Planet?

We support schools financially, on a sliding scale, based on free/reduced lunch numbers. However, every school must pay for at least 25% of the costs. By requiring schools to provide some of the funding, ownership, responsibility, and long-term sustainability increase drastically.

Healthy Planet provides you with a community crowdfunding platform, a top-to-bottom program plan, curriculum, fundraising tips, gardening videos, and many other resources, but you’re responsible for raising your portion of the funds for your school garden program.

The average cost of a Healthy Growing School Garden is about $4,000. So if every family contributes just $10 at an average school, your school garden dream can come true!

What if my school doesn’t reach our funding goal?

If your school doesn’t reach it’s original funding goal, then we’ll modify your plan based on the amount of money that your school does raise.

What if the families from my school simply can’t afford to contribute?

The average cost of a Healthy Growing School Garden is about $4,000. So if every family contributes just $10 at an average school, your school garden dream could come true!

However, we do our best to find Foundations that can help subsidize the costs for schools who have many families on free or reduced lunch programs. These Foundations will offer to match the funds raised in the community to secure the implementation of a school garden program.

We still encourage the families to donate what they can. Whether that means contributing a few dollars or simply volunteering their time to ask local businesses for donations for their school. That emotional community investment is both empowering and integral to long-term success of the garden.

And if your school doesn’t reach it’s original funding goal, then we’ll modify your plan based on the amount of money that your school does raise.

What happens if we raise money offline for our school garden?

Raising money offline is great! Just be sure to submit that money into your crowdfunding page by the deadline so we’re able to purchase and deliver your garden supplies in time for your Dig Day. We suggest that you keep that cash, and then either use your credit card on your crowdfunding page or send a check to Healthy Planet Foundation USA at PO Box 27371 San Francisco, CA 94127.

Do we get to keep the money we raise?

Generally schools don’t handle the money. We know that buying the supplies is a very time consuming task, so as part of our comprehensive service, it’s part of our role to source, buy and deliver all of your supplies for you, so you can just worry about using your new garden! We’ve developed relationships over the years that enable us to get good prices on many of the items you need. This also ensures that we know the money is going to where it’s intended to go and that you receive your school garden you’ve worked so hard for in a timely manner.

 

 

 

What does the process look like to develop our school garden program?

Check our this fun infographic to see how our process works.

If you’re not into infographics, here’s the process in a nutshell: After you register your school, we schedule a Site Visit Assessment, where we work with you to develop your school garden vision. Our team then designs a customized school garden plan based on your school’s strengths and gaps. After you approve the plan, we present it to your PTA and community. We then start to source and organize all of your materials, while you get your school community excited. Then you have a 30-day fundraising campaign where you raise your portion of the funds. A few weeks later we facilitate your Dig Day, then the garden program is in your hands to grow! We do a 2-month, 6-month and 1-year follow-up after that.

What exactly does Healthy Planet do or provide for our school garden program?

Healthy Planet works together with your school community to develop a custom, comprehensive, sustainable school garden program. We create a program tailored to your climate, location, students, and community. We provide lesson plans for teachers to create a learning bridge between the garden and the broader curriculum. We use our experience and garden program savvy to take you all the way from that first bag of mulch through to the first bowl of tasty, fresh salsa.

Our Healthy Growing program includes:

  • A curriculum of ready-to-go lesson plans that align with the Common Core and correlate with the garden, for all grade levels
  • A community crowdfunding platform to help you fund your new garden
  • Community crowdfunding tips, templates and resources for a successful campaign
  • Your own dedicated Field Coordinator to guide you through the process
  • Unlimited access to “how-to” gardening videos and tips from the experts
  • An Entrepreneurial Project that the students plan and implement
  • A long-term sustainability plan

The Garden
Healthy Planet provides a top-to-bottom assessment with a plan for your custom garden (new or refurbished) suited to your location, climate and space and an after-care plan to aid in sustainability. Healthy Planet also sources, purchases, and delivers all of your new soil, compost, garden tools, seeds, classroom kits, and more to ensure you have everything you need so your new Healthy Growing School Garden program can flourish.

The Lesson Plans
Another unique tenet of the Healthy Growing program is integrating the hands-on work in the garden with complementary education. Our compatible and flexible lesson plans, developed by an award winning 6th-grade science teacher and aligned with Common Core, give our educators a variety of avenues to teach science, nutrition, history, math and even social studies.

Our lesson plans include topics like:

  • Science (plant biology, soil, composting, and more)
  • History (from ancient farming to the evolution of agriculture)
  • Social Studies (food origins and food in different cultures)
  • Math, creative thinking, and communication skills as the students develop and implement an entrepreneurial idea through the real world perspective of a business
  • Nutrition and healthy eating

Funding
We support schools financially, on a sliding scale, based on free/reduced lunch numbers. However, every school must pay for at least 25% of the costs. By requiring schools to provide some of the funding, ownership, responsibility, and long-term sustainability increase drastically.

We also provide schools with a free community crowdfunding platform to raise community support and their portion of the funding. We build and manage that platform for each school to use along with a plethora of other fundraising resources to help increase success rates.

Where does your curriculum come from?

Our team is full of teachers and school administrators, both past and present. We know first hand how hard teachers work, in an oft-inflexible work environment. As a result, our flexible, ready-to-go lesson plans are designed by aaward-winningng teacher and align with both Common Core and the garden. When kids are learning about seeds, they’re planting seeds.

 

What is a School Champion?

A School Champion is someone that has ‘championed’ a school by donating money to start or support a Healthy Growing School Garden program.

A School Champion can be an individual, a group, or a business.

School Champions are an integral part of our community crowdfunding platform.

You can be the sole Champion for a particular school by donating the full amount needed for that school garden program or you can be one of many Champions by donating a partial amount for a school.

As a School Champion, you can support as many schools and communities as you’d like.

Check out our infographic for more information and take a look at our School Champion Community!

What is a Dig Day?

A Dig Day is a garden work day. While you can have Dig Days anytime throughout the year, Healthy Planet will help coordinate and facilitate your first one, which will be after you’ve met your fundraising goal.  Dig days may consist of building your new garden, cleaning up your current one, and maybe planting some new seeds or starts.

What happens after the Dig Day?

After the Dig Day, the Healthy Growing school garden program is in your hands to implement and manage. However, we provide 2-month, 6-month, and 1-year follow-ups, along with monthly updates via our newsletter, giving you helpful tips and reminders about where you should be in your program. We’re also able to provide continued support on an ad-hoc basis.

Does Healthy Planet come to our classroom and teach the lessons to the students?

As much as we’d love to directly teach the students, we unfortunately wouldn’t be able to help all of our schools if we were in the classroom every day. Our goal is to give you (the schools) everything you need to do that successfully.

Do you only help public schools?

Our funding model enables us to help ANY school; public, private, charter, religious, etc.

How many schools currently have a Healthy Growing School Garden program?

As of August 2017, we have Healthy Growing School Garden programs at 60 schools.

Where are your current Healthy Growing School Garden programs located?

We currently have Healthy Growing School Garden programs in San Francisco, San Mateo, Foster City, San Jose, Union City, Sunnyvale, Sacramento, San Diego, Oceanside, Rainbow, Chula Vista, and San Marcos, but we’re always expanding into new regions. To see specific school gardens, search our Healthy Growing Schools.

If you’re interested in a garden at your school, register here.

 

What grades do the Healthy Growing programs serve?

Healthy Growing currently serves Pre-Kindergarten – 12th grade.

I know somebody that is interested in a garden at their school. How do they get started?

If you’re interested in a garden at your school, please fill out our Healthy Growing registration form to get the process started.

What does my school garden donation pay for?

Your generous donation pays for essential school garden learning materials that may include seeds, garden tools, soil, curriculum development, program planning, and much more. For a more comprehensive list, click here.

Your donation not only helps start a school garden program, but it’s a sustainable investment as well. We’ve designed our programs to be self-sustaining and with minimal future funding. Once the garden program is launched, future funding can be secured from the students’ Enterprise Projects, which are created with the help of the entrepreneurial-based curriculum.

How can I donate to Camp Food Fight?

Click on the “Donate Now” button on our website and make sure to select Camp Food Fight! when it asks how you would like us to use your donation.
Thank you for your contribution to make camp available for all.

The session I wanted to sign up for is full. What can I do?

If your preferred session is full, you may join the waitlist by emailing us. We will notify you up to the day before camp if a spot opens up. There’s no obligation to sign up when you are on the waitlist.
If you have questions of where you are on the waitlist, call us at 415-917-4149.

Can I sign up for Extended Care after camp starts?

Yes, space permitting.

How do I sign up for extended care?

You sign up for Extended Care when you register a camper. If you’ve already registered, email us or give us a call at 415-917-4149 and we will get everything sorted out!

 

My child has an allergy. Are you able to accommodate?

Yes. Please inform us of allergies as soon as possible. We send out a medical release form after your camper is registered for camp, but you are free to inform us of a medical question as early as possible. To contact us, email our Camp Director.

Is lunch provided?

Yes! We will provide lunch and a snack to all campers. It is suggested that they bring a water bottle to refill throughout the day.

Is extended care available?

Yes! Our regular program runs from 8:30am-4pm, but we know that parents can be super busy. This is why we offer extended care starting at 7:30am until 5:30pm! Our extended care program is full of enriching activities that campers get to choose from every day.

To learn more about extended care, click here.

Is it okay to miss a day of camp?

Yes. We won’t turn anyone away who needs to miss a day of camp, but because of the fast-paced programming we have put together, it is ideal for campers to be present all week!
If your camper will be missing more than one day of camp, they may want to consider choosing another week to attend Camp Food Fight!

Can I switch sessions?

Yes. If there is another open session you’d like to switch your enrollment to, email camp@healthyplanetus.org up to a week before your session starts.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Yes!
We believe great food should be accessible to ALL people.
We also believe every child has the potential to be a future food leader and Camp Food Fight should be accessible to ALL kids. This is why we offer our diverse financial assistance program.

To learn more, go to Financial Assistance.