Dig It, Grow It, Eat It

Marin Art and Garden Center, in collaboration with Marin Master Gardeners, offers “Dig It, Grow It, Eat It” field trips for third and fourth grade students.

The program begins with the theme “We love the earth because we care for it. We care for the earth because we love it.”

Teaching basic science concepts, gardening know how and the mechanics of harvesting fruits and vegetables builds a foundation for a good life. Dig it, Grow it, Eat it is a program that helps children connect the seed to the table. Research supports youth garden programs develop students more likely to eat fruits and vegetables, students with increased nutrition knowledge and improved preference for vegetables. A child’s perspective is broadened in a garden and establishes a kinship that fosters ecological sustainability. While learning how plants grow, students correlate one bite nutrition lessons to gain a better understanding of the human body’s need for healthy food.

The half-day workshop rotates groups of students through six stations teaching providing garden enhanced nutrition education, linking health with growing and harvesting foods
we like to eat and that are good for us. These include:

  • Edible Plant Parts
  • How Plants Grow
  • Plant Seed Science
  • Propagation
  • Soil Science


This program is set up through the Marin County school system.

Educators can contact Marin Master Gardeners for more information.

IRS Guidelines for Gifts from Donor Advised Funds to Support MAGC Events

Thank you for your interest in giving to the Marin Art & Garden Center events from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or Family Foundation.

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!

To ensure your gift follows the current IRS guidelines for DAF/Family Foundation support of an event, we would like to share the below guidelines with you.

  • Raffle tickets, tickets to galas and other special events, auction items, and benefits conferred in connection with a DAF/foundation grant are not permitted.
    • IRS has specifically ruled that fair market value associated with fundraising events cannot be separated, a practice known as “bifurcation.”
      • For example, with Edible Garden, if the price of the ticket is $200 and the FMV fair market value (non-tax-deductible amount) is designated to be $50, the donor must pay from sources other than her DAF/foundation for the full value of the ticket ($200) and not just for the non-tax-deductible amount ($50).
    • We recommend you confer with your financial advisor to confirm if any of these examples of how donors may still use their DAF to support an event would work for you:
      • A donor could sponsor the event, and not attend, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event using DAF/foundation funds and attend by purchasing an individual ticket through non-DAF/foundation funds.
      • A donor could sponsor the event, join the event as a guest of another donor/table guest, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event and host the afforded number of people at their chosen level as long as they pay for the seats at the lowest ticket price ($200 for Edible Garden) outside of their DAF.
        • As an example, a $1,500 sponsor that covers 2 guests, could pay for their sponsorship with $400 from a different source of funds, and then give an additional gift of $1,100 out of their DAF.


Please email Tod Thorpe, Director of Development at tod.thorpe@maringarden.org to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center