Southeast Island School District Receives a $100K Farm Grant! - P.O.W. Report

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Southeast Island School District Receives a $100K Farm Grant!


The Southeast Island School District will increase its current capacity to produce local food for all school sites by expanding existing school gardens to boost productivity. Harvested foods will be featured on school menus, including in newly purchased salad bars for all school sites. School gardens will be used as a learning tool to engage students in agricultural production and expose them to culturally diverse foods. A volunteer group of school and community members will be assembled and trained to sustain garden activities throughout the calendar year.

Congratulations SISD! 


For the 2018 - 2019 school year, 73 grants will serve more than 6,006 schools and 2.8 million students, nearly 66 percent of whom are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Funded projects include:

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Education and Henryetta Public Schools will create a native inclusive agricultural curriculum, while simultaneously compiling a Farm to School Action Plan to address nutritional opportunities for students.
Guam Department of Education aims to encourage students to consume locally grown fruits and vegetables by working with schools to sustain school garden projects, integrate agriculture and nutrition education into existing curriculum, and implement innovative student learning activities such as taste tests and culinary contests.

Mississippi Association of Cooperatives (Association) will train farmers and cooperatives to increase their farm to school procurement knowledge. In addition to the training opportunities, the Association will (1) develop an edible school garden in two school districts, (2) promote healthier food choices, and (3) conduct two farm to school reality tours in which the farmer visits the school and the school visits the farm.

Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) will develop students’ ability to make connections between the natural world, their community, and themselves. Their program goals are to (1) increase student access to local foods, (2) advance educational opportunities, and (3) improve classroom concepts through agricultural innovation. Staff will accomplish this goal through their 3-acre education farm which includes, one acre of production, a riparian buffer, a raised bed garden, a small greenhouse/workspace, a sensory garden, and a youth garden business.

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) will build upon a strong partnership that already exists between DCPS and non-profit partners to implement an innovative approach of using farm to school objectives to transform the cafeteria experience for DCPS elementary students. Key components of the project include (1) adopting the Good Food Purchasing Policy, (2) offering scratch-cooked recipes students are familiar with through FRESHFARM FoodPrints classes, (3) providing coaching for cafeteria staff and students from a Wellness in the Schools Chef, and (4) infusing the physical environment of school cafeterias with photographs of students harvesting and preparing the same recipes in their FoodPrints school gardens and teaching kitchens. [Read More]


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