See the information below concerning community gardening grants. Let me know if you have questions.
Changing Young Lives & A Community’s Future through Care and Agriculture
Do you have or know of an FFA chapter using or wanting to use a community garden or a tutoring program to both increase agricultural awareness and change the lives of elementary school students? Funding from Campbell Soup Company has made possible community garden and tutoring grant opportunities through the National FFA Organization’s Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS) program. Each grant can be up to $2,000! The deadline for applying is August 2, 2010. Contact the PALS office at 317-802-4413 or [log in to unmask] for more information.
For those FFA programs with an existing community garden project, the Green Education Foundation is currently requesting video footage for the creation of a video addressing childhood obesity and childhood hunger in America. This video is likely to be housed on the homepage of a major government website, and will be shared at national and international conferences for seasons to come. Specifically, they want footage that may be integrated –videos/video clips/high-quality photographs of kids gardening and cooking from the garden, talking about the impact of gardening on their lives, etc. All contributors will be credited in the video. Before sending, please ensure that proper permission has been attained for the use of images of children, include a brief description with each photo, as well as the school/youth group name, city and state. Submissions can be sent to Jessica Drench at [log in to unmask], or send to the address listed below:
Green Education Foundation
153 Washington St.
East Walpole, MA
The PALS program staff encourages all FFA programs to consider planting a community garden of any size as a part of Earth Day (April 22). Standards-based lessons, activities and gardening instructions are all provided on www.greenthumbchallenge.org. (Remember to log your chapter’s community service hours into FFA’s Million Hour Challenge! www.ffa.org/mhc)
Mr. Damon L. Spight
National FFA Organization
Education Division - Grants Management Team
6060 FFA Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46268