Project Green

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

The story of Project Green begins several years ago when Gina Johnston, an Eldorado Hills native, had the dream of bringing sustainable gardens to all of the local district schools. She started slowly with one elementary school and a lunchtime program, and when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, she realized just how important the garden was to the mental health of the students she could no longer work with.

After applying for a grant from El Dorado Hills Endowment, an El Dorado Community Foundation fund, she found herself in the unique situation of being asked to turn this lunchtime garden program into a much larger nonprofit that would benefit the entire community.

With the help of the EDCF and their 501(c)3 umbrella, Project Green was formed.


Engaging students to grow our community’s school gardens by creating a safe outdoor educational environment, while nurturing emotional and social development.


Grants and community donations make it possible to meet the needs of our existing and future school gardens including:

- Expansion of gardens to accommodate more students

- Planting a variety of fruits, vegetables and plants

- Purchasing of essential garden tools

- Repair and installation of additional garden beds and irrigation systems

- Butterfly garden installations

- Compost bin installations

- Continuous replenishment of soil, bark, gravel, and supplies

- Greenhouse installations

- Hydroponic units for indoor gardening

Organization Data


Organization name

Project Green

Year Established


Mission Category


Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Program

Local Counties Served

El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer


PO BOX 1388

Service areas

El Dorado Hills, CA, US, 95762

Shingle Springs, CA, US, 95682

Placer County, CA, US



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