Roots and Shoots is an intergenerational gardening program that consists of the Roots, community volunteers, and the Shoots, Palo Alto third graders, who work together to learn about gardening, our environment, nutrition and community. The Shoots learn about science concepts through garden-based lessons and hands-on activities. Together, the Roots and Shoots help maintain the Edible Garden by planting, weeding, composting, and harvesting produce to prepare and enjoy a weekly healthy snack, donating the remaining harvest to local food banks. By working together, the Shoots learn the many benefits and importance of volunteering and giving back to the community. In recent years, the group has donated 300 lbs of fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables annually.
In 2015, Roots and Shoots teamed up with Palo Alto’s Downtown Streets Team. Homeless or at-risk of being homeless adults help to maintain and harvest the garden produce and deliver it to the food bank each week.
Experience a part of the program! Check out our free Roots and Shoots-inspired activities for the Shoots, young learners, and their families.