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Grants to USA K-8 Teachers for Agricultural Classroom Projects

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Look at Agriculture…Organically!

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Foundation


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #152893

Grant Description

Grants of up to $1,000 to USA K-8 teachers to incorporate agricultural projects into the classroom curriculum. Funding is intended for projects including, but not limited to, setting up a compost system for the classroom, planting an educational garden, and creating worm bins. Projects must follow organic production and handling standards from the National Organic Program. A significant percentage of grant funding will go to teachers in school districts with 50 percent or more students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program.

Project Ideas:
  • Have students set up and operate a compost system for the class. Have students learn how composting is a natural way to add nutrients that make healthy soil.
  • Grow an organic pizza garden. Have students plant and harvest vegetables to make an organic pizza.
  • Create a worm bin and raise worms with the students. Lessons around soil care and healthy soil biology.
  • Compare the look, taste, and smell of organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. Have students research both farming practices and record their observations in a chart or diagram.
  • Build a chicken coop and study the process of raising organic livestock as it relates to biology and ecology.
  • Seed saving. Bring in different types of plants (or use some from your school garden) and have students save, preserve, and later plant those same seeds.
  • Choose an organic fruit or vegetable that can be picked in season and preserved for later enjoyment. Research the preservation process, and create a lesson around food preservation. Visit a local processor to see how food is preserved.
  • Have students select a commodity, state the nutritional benefits, and then research the by-products that are made from that commodity. Bring the commodities in for classroom presentations. Then set up a field trip to visit a farm that grows that commodity.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Educator grants are available to certified K-8 teachers nationwide.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Applications will be available July 20 – August 31, 2020
- Grant applications must be submitted online by August 31, 2020. No late applications will be accepted.
- Grant recipients will be announced online in September 2020.
- Selected educators will receive funding in November 2020.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

20

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $1,000 will be provided.

Term of Contract:

Project must be completed within the 2020-2021 school year.

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://form.jotform.com/201816263932151

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
2600 River Plaza Drive, Suite 220
Sacramento, CA 95833-3377

Phone: 916-561-5625 or 800-700-AITC (2482)

Fax: 916-561-5697

Email: info@learnaboutag.org

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