Look at Agriculture… Organically! educator 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 California educators to support the integration of organic agriculture into regular classroom instruction.
- Look at Agriculture… Organically! educator grants are available to certified California K-8 teachers.
II. Project Requirements
- A project proposal with an itemized budget.
- A progress report by November 17, 2014.
- A list of expenses with associated receipts.
- A short, final report in the form of a video, poster, slideshow or other form approved by CFAITC.
- Project must be completed within the 2014-2015 school year.
- Project will follow organic production and handling standards from the National Organic Program.
III. Grant Guidelines
- Grant applications must be postmarked or submitted online by June 13, 2014.
- Applications must be completed by June 13, 2014. No late applications will be accepted.
- Grant recipients will be announced online on July 1, 2014.
- Selected educators will receive funding in August 2014.
- Look at Agriculture… Organically! grants up to $1,000 each to 10 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.