Pickens County Receives Grant from AFBF


PICKENS, SC – The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded Pickens County Farm Bureau a $500 mini-grant for their after-school program promoting agriculture. Three after-school programs have been introduced in the community. Children have the opportunity to read accurate books about agriculture and participate in hands-on science and gardening lessons.

Pickens County Farm Bureau was one of 13 county Farm Bureau chapters across the nation awarded a mini-grant through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program.

The grants are allocated through county and state Farm Bureaus and are used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand existing agricultural literacy efforts.

Criteria for selecting winners included: the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and education; how successfully the project enhances learner engagement in today’s food, fiber and fuel systems; and the processes and timelines for accomplishing project goals.

“The mini-grant program is our way of giving back to our grassroots members to assist in helping younger generations learn about agriculture and the role it plays in our everyday lives,” said Julie Tesch, executive director of the Foundation. Farm Bureau members share free educational resources with educators in their communities as part of the program.

The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a project of the Foundation in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. The fund honors two former committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were trailblazers in early national efforts to expand the outreach of agricultural education and improve agricultural literacy.

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