Monday, December 21, 2009

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Hugh Weathers, Commissioner, announce the recipients of the 2010 Eat Smart, It’s in the Garden Mini-Grant program to start or improve a school vegetable garden.
The nine recipients of a $1,000 grant are: Holly Springs Elementary, Pickens; Gray Court-Owings Elementary, Gray Court; Ford Elementary, Laurens; Okatie Elementary, Beaufort;
Nevitt Forest, Anderson; York Technical College, Rock Hill;
Summit Drive Elementary, Greenville; Stone Academy, Greenville; and Hendersonville Elementary, Walterboro.
The 2009 grant recipients will also continue their school garden programs with $500 grants at their respective schools, as well as serving as mentors and resources for the nine new grant recipients. The mentors are: Pontiac Elementary, Elgin; Central Child Development Center, Rock Hill; Mellichamp Elementary, Orangeburg; Birchwood Middle School, DJJ and Pauline-Glenn Springs, Pauline.
The Eat Smart, It’s in the Garden mini-grant program is a partnership between the non-profit Eat Smart, Move More SC and the S.C. Department of Agriculture that encourages schools to incorporate school gardens, healthy eating habits and agricultural appreciation into their school communities. The grant period runs from January 1 to June 30, 2010.