Look at Agriculture... Organically! Grants
The Look at Agriculture... Organically! 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 educators nationwide to support the integration of organic agriculture into regular classroom instruction. The grants are provided through a collaborative effort between the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC) and the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Foundation.
The next grant application period will open on April 1, 2017, and will close on May 15, 2017.
Look at Agriculture... Organically! educator grants are available to certified K-8 teachers nationwide.
Project Requirements for the 2016-2017 Year
- A project proposal with an itemized budget.
- A progress report by November 13, 2016.
- A final report by April 1, 2017 in the form of a video, poster, slideshow or other form approved by CFAITC.
- A list of expenses with associated receipts.
- Project must be completed within the 2016-2017 school year.
- Project will follow organic production and handling standards from the National Organic Program.
- Grant applications must be submitted online by Sunday, May 15, 2016. No late applications will be accepted.
- Grant recipients will be announced online on July 15, 2016.
- Selected educators will receive funding in August 2016.
Look at Agriculture... Organically! grants up to $1,000 each are awarded to 20 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.
- See the list of past recipients to learn what kinds of projects have been awarded grants.