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.
Tangible personal property. Examples may be real estate, oil, gas, or mineral interests.
Bequests, appreciated securities, life insurance, retirement plans, and charitable remainder trusts, and more.
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.
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.