School Garden Grants Awarded

The Highland High School FFA chapter in has been awarded $2,500 as part of the FFA: Food For All program. The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs.

The Highland High School FFA will work with Jessa Fowler, Youth and Local Foods Coordinator at The Highland Center, Paxton Grant, Extension Technician, and Steve Heavner, Agriculture Teacher/FFA Club leader. These students will help fight hunger by supplying the school’s cafeteria with produce grown in the newly renovated greenhouse and raised beds. They will also host a series of workshops for the community during the year that focus on seed-starting, container gardening, season extension, and seed-saving techniques.

The FFA: Food For All Grants are sponsored by RAM, Farmers Feeding the World, the Donaldson Foundation and Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The program provided approximately $297,000 to FFA chapters in 35 states and the Virgin Islands. In addition, the FFA: Food For All grant program is part of the National FFA Organization’s Feeding Our World – Starting at Home Initiative. More information about the program can be found at FFA.org/foodforall.

Highland Elementary School has also been awarded $2,000 by the Whole Kids Foundation. The Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to supporting schools and inspiring families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. Grant and Fowler will work with Highland Elementary to expand the school’s raised bed gardens, provide worm bins for elementary classrooms, and develop curriculum centered on the garden and composting systems.

Whole Kids Foundation created the School Garden Grant Program in partnership with FoodCorps to provide a $2,000 monetary grant to fund school gardens and related activities. Since 2011, they have raised more than $3 million and funded gardening projects at more than 1,500 schools. Check out their website to see other school garden projects at www.wholekidsfoundation.org.

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