Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Garden Mini-grants for Teachers

In an effort to teach school children that agriculture is an integral part of our everyday environment, the SC Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher program will offer a classroom garden mini-grant program for teachers in public and private schools.

The mini-grant program will provide a $500 mini-grant to a school in each of the four South Carolina Farm Bureau districts for teachers who qualify through an application process.

Teachers must design a project garden that contains production agriculture crops such as wheat, corn, oats, peanuts, fruit and/or garden vegetables. Goals and objectives must be clearly stated and measurable, and the project must directly involve their students.

In addition, the project must be advised by a county Farm Bureau volunteer leader, preferably a Young Farmer and Rancher member, county Farm Bureau Board member, or county Women’s Committee member.

Proposals must be submitted on a SCFB mini-grant application form which is available at county Farm Bureau offices or by clicking here. Deadline for applications is October 1 and applicants may submit only one proposal per year. Mail to PO Box 754, Columbia, SC 29202 or fax to 803.936.4452.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Smart Gardener

Are you a teacher looking to start a garden at your school?  Are you a teacher that is looking for guidance with an existing school garden?  Smart Gardener is an excellent resource to help you with every step in getting your school garden started and maintaining it. 

Once you sign up for Smart Gardener you will receive assistance in:
  • Setting up your garden
  • Selecting your plants
  • Creating your smart garden plan
  • Receiving weekly to-dos

"Smart Gardener is uniquely positioned to give consumers exactly what they need to easily grow their own healthy, organic vegetables. Smart Gardener is built with proprietary IP and delivers consumers highly personalized tools and garden plans based on key inputs including geo-location and household size. Our service is also differentiated by a complex weather mapping algorithm, an extremely rich database of over 500 plants, as well as ecommerce to purchase the best organic seeds available online."