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Learning Through Gardening - School Garden Grant and Garden Training Grant

In-Kind Grants of Gardening Materials to New Jersey
Pre-K and Elementary Schools to Establish School Gardens

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New Jersey Agricultural Society (NJAS)

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In-kind grants of fruit and vegetable gardening materials to New Jersey preschools and elementary schools. Specifically, this program provides the materials needed to build and maintain gardens, as well as training and curriculum support for teachers that will use the gardens as outdoor classrooms for any subject.

The New Jersey Agricultural Society's Learning Through Gardening program has three main goals.

​First, this program aims to show children who increasingly have little experience with agriculture where their food comes from and how it is grown.

Second, this program strives to teach children that a healthy diet begins with fresh fruit and vegetables. The Society has found that children who are given the opportunity to taste fruits and vegetables they have grown at school are more likely to eat them and to ask their parents to serve them at home.

Third, this program encourages teachers to view their school gardens as outdoor classrooms where they can teach every subject in their core curriculum, including math, science, language arts, social studies, art, and health. This program provides teachers with lesson plans that integrate these subjects with the garden, because teachers are more likely to use the garden when they can teach their everyday lessons there.

Two types of grants are offered. A school grant is awarded to schools planning to launch a schoolwide gardening program during school hours. A garden training grant is awarded to schools that either already have a garden and want to learn to use it to teach core curriculum, or to schools that want to revive a neglected garden.

The garden training grant is for:
​-Schools that already have a garden and want to learn to use it to teach core curriculum.
-Schools that want to revive a garden that has been neglected for awhile.

Please carefully review the following grant requirements:

-Learning Through Gardening grants are awarded for fruit and vegetable gardens only. While other types of gardens such as sensory, pollinator, or native plant gardens have many benefits, the goal of the New Jersey Agricultural Society is to show children how food is grown.

-Learning Through Gardening grants are awarded to schools planning to launch a schoolwide gardening program integrated with the core curriculum. Grants are not awarded to schools that intend to use the garden solely for after-school or club activities.

-Grant recipients must plan for the garden to be used by at least two grade levels during the first year, and show plans to expand the garden's use by one additional grade level in the second year.

-Grant recipients must form a garden management committee of at least six members. The garden committee must include at least two teachers from different grade levels. Garden committees may also include administrators, additional teachers, custodians, cafeteria managers, parents, and community representatives. At least one committee member must serve as committee chair, but to ensure sustainability, the ideal committee will have two members serving as co-chairs. The garden committee chair(s) will serve as the contact for the grant.

-The introductory garden-teaching workshop must be attended by at least six teachers. One garden committee member must attend the Best Practices Workshop in June.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178375

Estimated Size of Grant:

As a recipient of a Learning Through Gardening grant, your school will receive:
-Materials to build a garden including: six 4’ by 8’ raised garden beds, soil to fill the beds, two class sets of garden hand tools, and two hoses. Three raised beds are delivered in the first year and three in the second year.
-Vegetable seedlings and seeds for three growing seasons each year: fall, spring, and summer.
-A garden kick-off pep rally to introduce the garden and get the entire school community excited about gardening.
-An introductory garden-teaching workshop held at the grant recipient's school to show staff how to manage and maintain the garden, and how to use it to teach all subjects.
-Lesson plans to coordinate your outdoor garden experience with your everyday lessons in math, science, social studies, language arts, and health.
-A fall statewide poster contest for K-5 students based on an agricultural theme.
-An all-day garden-teaching Best Practices Workshop attended by teachers throughout the state.
-Seeds and supplies for indoor agriculture lessons during three winter months.
-Access at any time to gardening and garden-teaching assistance from the Learning Through Gardening program director.

​Training grant recipients receive everything included with the regular garden grant EXCEPT the materials to build the garden.

Term of Contract:

School gardening may begin April 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program is open to New Jersey preschools and elementary schools.

Only public schools are eligible for a Learning Through Gardening grant. Both private and public schools may apply for the new garden training grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Every application must be accompanied by a letter of support from the school principal.

The application deadline is January 7, 2019. All applicants will be notified of their grant status in February 2019. Garden materials will be delivered in March 2019, with school gardening beginning in April 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

New Jersey Agricultural Society
25 Grandin Dr.
Flemington, NJ 08822

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USA: New Jersey