SC Schools Receive Learn-to-Farm Mini-Grants

03/09/2017

Four schools across South Carolina have been awarded a $500 Learn-to-Farm Classroom Mini-Grant from the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers. 

After careful review of each applicant, the selection committee chose the following schools as the 2017 recipients:

  • Applied Technology Center - Central District
  • Orangeburg Wilkinson High School - Coastal District
  • Carvers Bay High School - Pee Dee District
  • Pelham Road Elementary School - Piedmont District

“With agriculture holding the top spot in South Carolina’s economy, we want young people who are multiple generations removed from farms to understand the importance of agriculture,” said Harry Ott, SCFB president. “We want students to gain a hands-on experience with agriculture so that they can see and understand for themselves how the agriculture industry provides the food, fuel and fiber we need to survive. The mini-grant program allows us to award school programs that are doing just that.”

In an effort to teach students that agriculture is an integral part of our everyday environment, and that farming is exciting and important, the SCFB Young Farmers and Ranchers program offers a Learn-to-Farm Classroom Mini-Grant program for teachers in public and private schools. Teachers must design a project that includes production agriculture crops and/or activities related to successfully growing and producing food or fiber.

“The program is designed to teach school-aged children that agriculture is an integral part of our everyday environment,” said Jessica Cabrera, program director. “The Young Farmers & Ranchers program provides these grants to help educate our future leaders in hopes that agriculture will continue to stay viable and vibrant in South Carolina now and long into the future.”

The mini-grant program provides a $500 grant to one school in each of the four South Carolina Farm Bureau districts for teachers who qualify through an application process. Each school was chosen to receive the award based on classroom inclusion of agriculture and farming.

For more information about the SCFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Learn-to-Farm Classroom Mini-Grant visit www.scfb.com/programs/young-farmer-rancher-program/learn-to-farm-grant-for-teachers or email Jessica Cabrera at jcabrera@scfb.org.

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