John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica is one of six schools to receive a grant for its school garden from the California Fertilizer Foundation.

The school uses its garden as part of classroom learning, a garden club and cafeteria supplement.

Students and teachers who participate in the school’s “Salad Bar Gardens Co-Op” get free salad bar lunches.

The teachers also use the gardens to help illustrate lessons in math, science and literature.

John Adams Middle School “proves that gardens help students feed their minds and their stomachs at the same time,” a foundation spokesman says

Founded in 1999, the Fertilizer Foundation promotes awareness of plant nutrients and agriculture in California.

Through the garden grant program, the foundation has donated more than $40,000 to schools throughout the state.

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