2018-2019 Literacy for Life Grant Recipients


Chris Lavagnino, Outstanding Educator - "Our Not-So-Secret Garden"

Ronald Reagn Elementary, Madera County

Harold Avila - "Farm to Table Sustainability Quest"

Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, Los Angeles Coutny

Julia Brewer - "Chicken Coop"

Merced High School, Merced County

Jodi Buda - "Farm to Table"

Olivehurst Elementary, Yuba County

Lauretta Carr - "Community Garden"

Columbia Elementary, Tuolumne County

Julie Cates - "Taste a Bite of History"

Linwood Elementary, Tulare County

Maricela Cervantes - "Kinders Edible Garden"

Wisdom Elementary, Los Angeles County

Amy Clayton - "From Soil to Brine: A Pepper’s Story"

Avalon Elementary, Riverside County


Sergio de Alba - "The Gateway Program"

R.M. Miano Elementary, Merced County

Brooke Felty - "The Patio and Hillside Garden"

St. Charles Borromeo Academy, San Diego County

Vicki Fu - "Herb Pollinator Garden"

C.E. Dingle Elementary, Yolo County

Shar Garcia - "Problem Solve and Innovate"

High Tech Elementary, San Diego County

Susan Groff - "Agriculture: Past, Present & Future"

Middle College High School, Orange County

Theresa Gruden - "Harvest of the Month"

Smith River School, Del Norte County

Christine Henderson - "Mother-Stock Garden"

Sycamore Middle School, Butte County


Autumn Hesser - "Planting a Native Organic Olive Orchard"

Toyon Middle School, Calaveras County

Alex Hofsteen - "Garden Superheroes!"

International School of Monterey, Monterey County

Meghan Manion - "Read and Weed"

Ysabel Barnett Elementary, Riverside County

Dr. Beate Nguyen - "Secret Garden"

St. Augustine School, Los Angeles County

Ricardo Ramirez - "STEAM in the Garden"

Garfield Elementary, Los Angeles County

Mary Riley - "Ag on the Moooove"

Sonora High School, Orange County

Maria Ruvalcaba - "Gardening, Composting and Fertilizing Naturally"

Fourth Street Elementary, Los Angeles County

Kim Schouten-Williams - "Chickens in the ‘hood!"

Washington Elementary, Sacramento County

Mary Schriner - "The Food for Thought Project"

Cleveland Elementary, Alameda County

Barbara Simpson - "A Sweet Place to Learn"

Sierra Ridge Middle School, El Dorado County