Eight Tucson-area schools were awarded $1,500 each to create and sustain their own edible gardens.

The schools were selected by the Western Growers Foundation, which awarded a total of $75,000 in grant money to campuses across the state through the Arizona Department of Agriculture as part of the USDA's Specialty Crop Block Grant.

The local winning schools were PPEP TEC High School, Peter Howell Elementary School, Wright Elementary School, Borton Magnet School, Andrada Polytechnic High School, Twin Peaks Elementary School, Hollinger K-8 School and Tucson High Magnet School.

The mission of the Western Growers Foundation is to plant and sustain a fruit and vegetable garden in every willing Arizona and California school. Edible school gardens give children the opportunity to learn where their food comes from and the importance of good nutrition.

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea