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Niner Wine Estates donates to One Cool Earth school garden programs 

–One Cool Earth announced it has received a donation of $11,700 from Niner Wine Estates. These funds will support the Earth Genius Program for creating school gardens that grow healthy, happy, smart students. Niner raised the funds through the sale of their Mystery Box, donating all proceeds to support school gardens.

One Cool Earth is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works exclusively in San Luis Obispo County. The nonprofit’s Earth Genius program builds, teaches in and sustains school gardens throughout the county. The program recognizes a the need for school gardens as an effective, evidence-based tool to improve health, academic, and wellness for children. Up to half of local students struggle with science achievement, a barrier that limits future career options. On average, 20%-percent of students in local public schools suffer a health risk due to body composition. School gardens have been shown in studies to provide children with hands-on, outdoor experiences that bridge textbooks and the real world, improving science comprehension. Growing food makes nutrition education personal and fun, and develops healthy eating habits. Gardens bring students together to make a difference on their campus, beautifying and stewarding their common spaces. The program currently operates at 18 schools in Oceano, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, Shandon, Atascadero and Paso Robles, reaching over 8000 students annually.

Niner Wine Estates family owned and 100-percent estate grown. They put their values into action: the uncompromising aesthetics and real sustainability of their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, solar-powered tasting room and winery; locally-sourced fare served fresh in their restaurant.

One Cool Earth has set an ambitious goal of supporting all 43 public elementary schools by 2020. With our community’s partnership–school gardens have ongoing needs of volunteers, financial support and materials. Please contact Miranda Beal at for more information about One Cool Earth or to donate or volunteer. Additional information is also available on the website and Facebook.

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