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 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!