MACON, Ga. — County Farm Bureaus in Banks, Barrow, Douglas and Hall counties each received a $1,000 grant from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture in support of their activities to promote agricultural literacy.
The foundation sponsors the grants through the White-Reinhardt Fund for Education. The four Georgia county Farm Bureaus were among 10 nationwide to receive the grants, which will be allocated this spring and used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand existing agricultural literacy efforts.
Banks County Farm Bureau and Banks County Elementary School are collaborating to create an outdoor garden classroom. This will build on the already existing gardens, allowing for more hands-on activities in an outdoor environment and teaching students about geography and natural resources.
In Barrow County, Kennedy Elementary School wants to grow an inside tower garden, adding to the school garden and raised beds established outside. The tower garden will give students an inside look at aeroponics and the differences between growing plants inside and outside.
In Douglas County, Dorsett Shoals Elementary School has an after-school cooking and gardening program, Growing Readers. This grant will be used to expand on the program with the use of agriculture books and planting gardens for each grade.
In Hall County Lanier Elementary will turn an existing school garden into an outdoor agricultural classroom by adding raised beds, making a mostly unused area into an area used weekly by all grade levels.
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 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.
The other 2020 spring grant recipients are: Kent County Farm Bureau, Delaware; Franklin County Farm Bureau, Illinois; McLean County Farm Bureau, Illinois; Randolph County Farm Bureau, Indiana; Washington Farm Bureau, Tennessee; and Moore County Farm Bureau, Texas.
–Georgia Farm Bureau