You can grow your own food. And we can help!

SLI Inspired Roots Garden

The Solar Living Institute (SLI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to promote sustainability through inspirational environmental education. Our proposed garden project, Inspired Roots Garden, serves as a platform for earth science and ecological education for approximately 600 students each year and nearly 200,000 annual site visitors. SLI collaborates with visiting school groups to teach: plant identification, soil building, composting, and pollinators. As a California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) organic garden, we use open-pollinated seed varieties and would like to begin sharing our locally adapted seeds with school groups.

The SLI annually hosts 6-15 interns from around the world, who provide volunteer labor in exchange for SLI education. The interns act as co-learners, leading students in hands-on exercises designed to ignite their imaginations about gardening. Interns are unpaid, and therefore rely on the organic produce from the garden to supplement their diets.

Program Goals:

  • To educate children and interns about healthy food
  • To educate children, interns and SLI staff about seed-saving methods
  • To provide food for the interns year-round, and for visiting school groups to sample
  • Purchase tools for building compost piles, planting seeds, transplanting seedlings and harvesting produce

Our grant proposal will afford K-12 students and visitors of all ages the opportunity to learn about gardening and healthy food. The grant funding will allow SLI to purchase necessary garden tools used for teaching and afford SLI staff and interns training in seed-saving techniques that can be shared with the public.  

Where it's at:

13771 S Highway 101
Hopland, CA 95449
United States

Garden type:

demonstration/education garden

Garden size (in square feet):


Garden beneficiaries:

children and families

Number of people reached:


What this project needs:

expert technical assistance

Project leaders:

Teresa Jodon-Manns Executive Director
Hannah Bird

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

Join our mailing list:


Connect with us:

Contact us:

Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606