Look at Agriculture... Organically!
Thank you for your interest in the Look at Agriculture... Organically! educator grants. These grants are designed to creatively enhance the understanding of organic agriculture for kindergarten through eighth grade students. Grants of up to $1,000 will be provided to educators nationwide to support the integration of organic agriculture into regular classroom instruction.
- Look at Agriculture... Organically! educator grants are available to certified K-8 teachers nationwide.
II. Project Requirements
- A project proposal with an itemized budget.
- A progress report by November 13, 2015.
- A final report by April 1, 2016 in the form of a video, poster, slideshow or other form approved by CFAITC.
- A list of expenses with associated receipts.
- Project must be completed within the 2015-2016 school year.
- Project will follow organic production and handling standards from the National Organic Program.
III. Grant Guidelines
- Grant applications must be submitted online by May 15, 2015. No late applications will be accepted.
- Grant recipients will be announced online on July 1, 2015.
- Selected educators will receive funding in August 2015.
- Look at Agriculture... Organically! grants up to $1,000 each to 20 educators. 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.
- 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.
2014 Grant Recipients
Community Seed Library
Ocean Knoll Elementary, San Diego County
Paradise Intermediate School, Butte County
San Joaquin Delta Project
Don Riggio Elementary, San Joaquin County
Toyon Middle School Organic Pizza Garden
Toyon Middle School, Calaveras County
Carbon-Rich Soils for Healthy Plants & A Healthy Planet
Hall Middle School, Marin County
Susan Moen Nunes
Ode to Organics
Pacific Coast Charter School, Santa Cruz County
Seed Germination and Saving Seeds
Phillips Elementary School, Napa County
Orchard of History
Casa di Mir Montessori School, Santa Clara County
Eating a Rainbow
Pinewood Elementary School, El Dorado County
Fantastic, Organic Mini-Lessons!
Valley Oak Middle School, Tulare County