SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will allow schools to sell their garden produce and reinvest the money in their garden programs.

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, who authored Assembly Bill 2367, said it should help to protect gardens from school budget cuts.

"I have seen in my own district the successes that can be achieved by integrating a school garden into the curriculum of various subjects," she said in a prepared statement. "AB 2367 is a simple and common sense solution to recognize a sustainable source of funding and immunize school gardens from the threat of closure due to lack of state or federal funding."

In addition, she said gardens help schools decrease obesity by encouraging students to get outdoors and eat more fruits and vegetables.