ITHACA, N.Y. — New York Agriculture in the Classroom is providing opportunities for teachers and students to extend the school gardening season through growing food at school with indoor grow system grants.
New York Agriculture in the Classroom is offering the Grow with Us Grant for schools to earn indoor grow systems for their schools, offered again for the third year. Students will engage in learning through food, and eating healthy food during the entire school year. Interested teachers committed to enhancing their students’ understanding of agriculture, food systems, and natural resources will be eligible to receive one of three available grow systems that fit their classroom needs.
Aiming to provide teachers with the infrastructure and tools to facilitate experiential-learning opportunities, New York Agriculture in the Classroom is investing over $70,000 in this grant program.
Interested teachers can apply for one of three available grow systems: a 2445 soil-based rack grow system, a bundle of three aeroponic tower gardens, or a high tunnel. Schools will be awarded the grow system that best meets their educational goals, classroom space needs, experience level in school gardening, and curriculum integration plans. The systems will serve as “garden classrooms” where food-based learning can be integrated with math, science, language arts, and social studies while helping teachers meet core curriculum requirements. In addition, recipients will receive educational resources, workshop opportunities, and access to a growing network of school food gardeners throughout the state.
Interested teachers can apply for the Grow with Us Grant by Friday, January 3, 2020. More information about the Grow with Us Grant and the application can be found by visiting the New York Agriculture in the Classroom website at www.agclassroom.org/ny. New York Agriculture in the Classroom is a partnership of Cornell University, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, New York State Education Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and New York Farm Bureau. New York Agriculture in the Classroom fosters an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of our food and fiber system.
–New York Agriculture in the Classroom
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