Big Green Chicago
Big Green was founded in 2011 by Kimbal Musk and Hugo Matheson. Kimbal and Hugo co-founded The Kitchen Restaurant Group together in 2004 and were supporting local school garden initiatives through their restaurants. They were inspired by the way school gardens can help kids increase their preference for nutritious foods, develop healthier responses to stress, and improve their academic performance. They wanted to find a way to achieve that same kind of local impact at scale, so that children all over the country could reap the benefits of a thriving school garden. Big Green has built 200 Learning Gardens in Chicago since 2012. A Learning Garden is a powerful teaching tool, a way for kids to learn about healthy food, and a way to provide hands-on learning experiences for children across Chicago.