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The Full Story

It all started with a simple school lunch.

Stories are a powerful thing.  They can make us laugh, cry, move mountains, and speak to our inner superhero.  That's how Independence Gardens started; a story about a simple school lunch.    



Independence Gardens, founded in 2013, is committed to empowering children and their communities to grow and prepare fresh, healthy food through garden-based nutrition education and cooking programs. Our mission is to improve access to fresh food, promote healthy eating habits, and instill values of sustainability and environmental stewardship.  


Empower children in schools and communities through fresh food access and education.

Child Holding Fresh Produce

Core Values

Nurturing Healthier, Sustainable Communities


Community Empowerment:

We empower communities by fostering a sense of ownership and active participation in cultivating fresh food, education, and sustainable practices.


Equity and Inclusivity:

We are dedicated to ensuring that everyone, regardless of background, has equal access to the benefits of fresh food and educational opportunities, promoting health equity and inclusivity.


Sustainability Stewardship:

Embracing sustainable practices is at our core. We believe in creating a lasting impact on communities by promoting environmental responsibility and resilience.


Education as Catalyst:

Education is the catalyst for positive change. We strive to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed choices for a healthier and more sustainable future.


Health and Wellness Advocacy:

The well-being of individuals and communities is our mission's heart. We advocate for and actively contribute to creating environments that support the health and wellness of all.

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