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Awesome Youth Garden Grants Available for 2013 at

Farm to School Poster from Learning ZoneXpressAccording to the website “The National Gardening Association’s mission is to promote home, school and community gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connections between people plants and the environment.”

As part of their work, they offer grants to programs that have or will have gardens that meet some of the following criteria:

  • Integration of content standards
  • Nutrition connections
  • Environment awareness
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support and service-learning

What a great fit for FACS!

The Home Depot Garden Club is one of the organizations that participates. They generously offer grants for purchasing gardening materials and supplies from your local Home Depot store. Five winners will receive $1000 grants and 95 winners will receive $500 gift card grants. The Home Depot Garden Club Applications are due by 12/3/2012.

Some other grants include receiving a free tiller for your school and planting a peace garden.

To learn more detail about the wonderful grants for your students and FACS programs go to to see the grants and opportunities available to your students and FACS programs.

Go for it!

Kudos to Karen Smith, FACS Teacher, Monticello Schools for taking advantage of this wonderful grant for her students.  Read  Karen’s comments and be inspired!

“I received a $1000 grant for an outdoor garden at my school and I am also working on a partnership with Home Depot to work side by side with my students to build raised bed gardens, walkways, apple trees, and an outdoor classroom.  They are willing to put several thousand into the school garden and volunteer hours by their employees.  Between the Home Depot grant for around $6,000 and another grant for $1,000 it will be a very nice space at the Monticello Middle School for years to come.  It is crazy how the indoor and now outdoor gardens and Farm to School movement has grown here.  It is absolutely the best way to engage students and teach them about eating fruits and vegetables!  They plant them, take care of them, pick them, and then prepare them.  They are willing to try so many more vegetables!  I should have done this years ago.  FACS teachers need to get on the local food movement happening around our country!  Sorry, but I just had to fill you in on the latest Farm to School news from me.  I get so excited about it!

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