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The Bowie Jardin, Cocina & Mercado Fund is a group of three funds that teaches students how to plant and cultivate fresh food, cook and prepare nutritious meals and manage an entrepreneurial business.  Proceeds from the social venture support scholarships for deserving Bowie High School graduates.  

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About the Fund

The project began in 2013 when a group of students, faculty, former State Senator and community members met at the Bowie High School Cafeteria to envision a bountiful jardin, a culinary program and a mercado for students to learn how to create and market food-related products. 

After three years of planning, planting and fundraising, the project serves delicious offerings which are sold to support the entrepreneurial venture and fund scholarships for deserving Bowie graduates with plans to attend college. 

Fund Updates

  • The garden was completed with help from Bowie students, alumni, members of Texas A&M Agricultural Extension Program, the El Paso Master Gardeners, Keep El Paso Beautiful, a battalion of 700 soldiers from Ft Bliss, Home Depot, CEMEX, JOBE Inc, Tropicana Homes, and La Semilla Food Center to make this first phase a reality. 
  • El Jardin (garden) consists of 20 raised beds that are used to grow produce including pomegranate and fig trees.
  • La Cocina (kitchen) focuses on integrating healthy food tastings into classrooms and employs a the OSO good food truck for sale of healthy food.
  • El Mercado (market) promotes the sale of produce to the community at farmer’s markets and supplies some grocery stores.
  • In 2017, through the PDN Foundation, the project raised $54,000 from companies, individuals and grants to purchase a food truck to expand the garden’s reach and to support the academic goals of the multi-faceted curriculum.  Revenues generated from sales from the food truck are ear-marked to fund certain areas of this project with a goal to make them self-sustainable.
  • A chef and instructor was hired to support the food truck effort and to supervise the overall quality of the produce being sold to meet demands of quality and the spur sales.

PHASE II

The goals of Phase II are to expand the outdoor classroom concept, so more students can participate, build and install an outdoor kitchen and teaching pavilion and increase the number of planters so that more produce can be seeded to meet demand. 

Scholarship applications are due on or around May 15th each year. For a copy of the scholarship application, please contact the counseling office at Bowie High School.