Kimbal Musk, younger brother of Elon Musk and co-founder of The Kitchen Community, a 501c3 nonprofit, is connecting kids to real food by creating Learning Gardens in schools across America. Learning Gardens teaches children about food, healthy eating, lifestyle choices and the environment through lesson plans and activities tied into existing school curriculum.
Initially a regional program, The Kitchen Community built 260 USA Learning Gardens across Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; and Memphis, TN. The Kitchen Community then became part of a new nonprofit called Big Green, and this is where King StarBoard® became part of the story.
Big Green reached out to Colorado Plastic Products, an IAPD distributor based in Louisville, CO, USA. They were looking for a material that would hold up to outdoor elements and exposure to hundreds of children touching, handling and working with the raised flower beds that are part of the Learning Gardens program.
Charlie Waychoff, a member of Colorado Plastic Products’ inside sales team, recommended King Starboard, a marine grade polymer that is environmentally stabilized and withstands the harshest outdoor elements.
It does not warp, rot or delaminate when exposed to humidity or water. Waychoff knew King StarBoard could be fabricated just like wood and create a finished product that would be practical and look great. “King Plastic Corporation helped us a lot on this job because they could combine their custom color options with a 5′ x 10′ sheet size. It was great working with them,” said Waychoff.
From that first recommendation, Colorado Plastic Products started fabricating raised beds, seating and shade for Big Green’s Learning Gardens, making them attractive places to teach. All table tops, bench seats and signs are now made with King StarBoard in custom green colors, reinforcing Big Green’s image and goals for a generation of children who will eat their way to good health and live in a healthy environment.
According to Michael Fabbri, national sales manager for King Plastic Corporation, “It is always refreshing to learn that your product is in an application that is part of a bigger plan and that plan is having a positive impact on children’s lives.”