Children today spend more time in the virtual world than the natural world. How can we expect the next generation to care for the environment if they feel disconnected from it and lack understanding about the impact of their actions on our health and food supply, both locally and globally? One solution: Get them in the garden!
Garden programs engage children by providing a dynamic environment where they can observe, discover, experiment, nurture, and learn. Through gardening activities, children develop respect for their environment and establish an important connection with nature.
Edible gardens in particular provide opportunities for youth to learn how to nurture and care for other living things while also learning how to care for themselves. They experience first-hand, the process of growing food and the skills needed to increase their access to fruits and vegetables. Edible gardens also provide opportunities to teach kids how to care for others in their community. What better way to create awareness about hunger than to have them actively involved in growing a garden, or part of a garden, to donate to a local food pantry.
For the past 3 years, the Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award has recognized and supported youth gardening programs focused on teaching about our environment, nutrition and hunger issues in the United States. Through winning programs, youth will learn the skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle compatible with environmental stewardship and gain an understanding of how their actions can positively impact the wellbeing of their community.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY
To be eligible for the 2012 Healthy Sprouts Awards, your school or organization must plan to garden in 2013 with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. The selection of winners is based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden program and education related to environmental, nutrition and hunger issues in the United States.
This year we will present awards to 50 schools or organizations. Each program will receive:
- $400 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids catalog and online store for youth gardening supplies and supporting educational materials
- NGA's Eat a Rainbow Kit, full of engaging taste education and nutrition lessons
- set of hand tools and three pairs of child-sized gloves
- Curriculum package from NGA
- Plantcam to document the growth and changes of your garden
Due Date: Applications must be submitted by October 31st, 2012.
Applying for a garden grant is as easy as 1,2,3... Login, register, and apply today!
Steps to Register and Apply:
- Log into your Kidsgardening.org user account.
- Click “Apply Now”.
- Fill out the “Garden Registry Form”* for your program. Proceed to the application.
Need help? Please visit our FAQ page for more details.
Winners will be notified via email on November 30th, 2012. A list of winners will also be posted on www.kidsgardening.org. Awards will be distributed in December 2012.
Grant awardees will be required to submit two surveys. These reports help NGA determine the overall impact of the grant program and gather ongoing support for youth gardening. Recipients who do not complete these requirements will not be eligible to apply for future awards.
PROGRAM WINNERS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING:
- 5-10 digital photos. Note: Parental photo permission forms (available athttp://www.kidsgardening.org/grants-and-awards) will be required for all youth in photos. (Either use the release form provided, or supply an equivalent that is inclusive of NGA and its sponsors.)
- A pre- and post- gardening survey must be completed. Award winners will receive instructions for completing these documents.
- A one-page essay detailing the program’s progress and achievements.
No purchase necessary. Purchase of a product does not improve your chances of receiving an award.