High Country Local First & Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture to offer $1,500 in school garden funding for Ashe & Watauga Counties

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February 19, 2018
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February 20, 2018
High Country Local First & Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture to offer $1,500 in school garden funding for Ashe & Watauga Counties

 

High Country Local First & Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture to offer $1,500 in school garden funding

Farm-to-school grants will be awarded to local schools and preschools interested in building or expanding their garden-based education programming.

 

High Country Local First and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture’s Lettuce Learn Program to offer grant funding to support school gardening initiatives in Ashe and Watauga Counties!   Farm-to-school grant awards will total $1,500 and will be given to local schools and preschools interested in building or expanding their garden-based education programming.

 

The grant program aims to support teachers, schools, and early childhood education sites as children are taught about the food they eat and how it’s grown.  High Country Local First and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture will use the grants to provide resources to support the development of new and existing farm-to-school projects and increase the number of relationships between local farmers and schools.

 

Funds are for direct support of school garden programs, including but not limited to:

  • Purchase of seeds, plants, supplies, or equipment
  • Stipends for Garden Coordinators
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Garden curriculum
  • Supplies and materials for projects that enhance connections between the school garden and the classroom, cafeteria, waste reduction program, or local farms and farmers.

 

The grant is funded and managed by a partnership between Boone-based organizations, High Country Local First and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture.  For more information about the High Country Local First Farm-to-School Grant program and to apply for the grant, please visit: www.brwia.org/hclf-farm-to-school-grant

 

Funding for the High Country Local First Farm-to-School Grant Program comes from success generated from sales of Local First Rewards Cards. For every Local First Rewards Card sold, High Country Local First donates $5 to support local school garden programs in Watauga and Ashe Counties. Residents can purchase a card at http://www.highcountrylocalfirst.org/local-first-rewards-card