Monday, September 12, 2011

Slow Food First Coast Fall 2011 School Garden Grant Applications due by 9/30/2011

Attention Teachers in Duval and St. Johns Counties - the deadline for submitting your application for a School Garden Grant from Slow Food First Coast is rapidly approaching. Never fear that you will have no support with your garden.  Many, and I mean, MANY Northeast Florida schools have school gardens and the resources are bountiful to get you started and keep you growing. 


Slow Food First Coast, a non-profit organization that works toward creating a food system that is based on the principles of quality and pleasure, environmental sustainability, and social justice, is offering St. Johns and Duval County elementary teachers the opportunity to receive a school garden kit valued at over $250.

Who can apply?  Any currently employed St. Johns and Duval County elementary school teachers.

What will you receive if selected?  Your school garden kit will include:
  • an easy to assemble and transport (no tools required) 4’ X 8’ container garden raised bed made of recycled plastic
  • funds for organic soil, heritage seeds and plant starters
  • a school garden guidebook
  • lesson plans correlated to Sunshine State Standards, and
  • mentoring with Master Gardeners and other teachers who have successfully implemented school gardens in the past
What do you need to do?
  • Plant an organic garden during the 2011-2012 school year
  • The garden must include food (herbs, vegetables, etc.)
  • Have administrative support
  • Include plans on integrating the garden into your curriculum
  • Use vegetables grown in the garden for a taste experience for your students
  • Continue the garden project beyond the current year
  • Provide feedback and some sort of portfolio (website, photos, journal entries, etc) at year’s end
  • Allow SFFC board members the opportunity to visit the garden and collaborate with you.
To qualify, a completed application form must be sent via email to Richard Villadóniga at rvilladoniga@yahoo.com or received by mail at Slow Food First Coast, PO Box 951, St. Augustine, FL 32085 by Friday, 30 September 2011.  Winners will be judged and selected by a panel by October 10, 2011.
 
Download Applications Here!