Teachers, Home School Moms and Dads, Scout Troop, Clubs, everyone, plan a great visit to the farm. This is Strawberry picking season and we have a great educational tour and fun strawberry picking activities for your group. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and available dates.
Apply for a CHS Foundation 2013 Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Scholarship!
CHS 2013 Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference Scholarship
The CHS Foundation is providing a $15,000 grant which will allow 40 teachers to attend the 2013 Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference. Engaging workshops, tours, keynote speakers and networking events will provide exceptional learning opportunities for these teachers to increase their comfort level in agricultural topics and also integrate agricultural content into instruction to meet academic standards in health, language arts, math, science, and social studies. Apply HERE
Starting a School Garden?
Teachers and Administrators, we have compiled a great checklist for starting and maintaining your School Garden. Just email:
While there are many useful guides for school gardens, this checklist is meant to serve as a guide to developing new edible school garden using Hydro Harvest Farms automatic Vertical Hydroponic Garden. It is meant to help schools get their gardens started.
The Grant for Educators challenges individuals, groups or small businesses to develop and deliver learning experiences to the public. The grant recognizes innovative projects that enhance herbal education in school systems, in communities, or in any public forum (electronic or person-to-person). It requires learning goals and a mechanism to measure the educational outcomes. Each year, the Grant Committee anticipates funding one or two grants for a total of $5,000.
Garden ABC Community and School Garden Grants-click here for huge list
NGA Grants Apply Now
NGA’s grant and award programs are funded by generous corporations and foundations that share NGA's vision of a greener future and belief in the powerful impact gardening programs can have on the mental, physical, and psychological health of individuals. Educators and youth leaders have always provided NGA with meaningful and inspiring anecdotal accounts of how gardening boosts kids' interest in school and learning, improves their attitudes about eating healthful foods and caring for the environment, helps them develop social skills and self-esteem, and gives them a feeling of community spirit. NGA now captures quantitative data to back up these moving and powerful stories.
APPLY to create a Garden Registry profile for their program.
Gardening For Grades is available. This is a comprehensive guide for Florida Teachers to help plan, fund , create and learn with a School Garden.
Another possible funding source is SWFWMD. They have funding for Splash! School Grants:
Splash! school grants offer up to $3,000 per school on a reimbursement basis only and are available to public, private and home school teachers, grades pre-K through 12. Teachers may apply individually or as a group.
Past school grant projects include student monitoring of local water quality, field trips and outreach campaigns designed to promote awareness of water-conserving practices. Check out the Featured Grant Projects section for additional ideas.
In brief, projects should:
Fall under one or more of the following categories: water conservation, water quality, watersheds, flood protection or natural systems.
Offer students the opportunity to learn more about freshwater resources and turn their understanding into action.
Support the SWFWMD's vision of a stable, ample supply of clean water for all appropriate users, including the environment.
Describe measurable objectives that can be easily evaluated.
Involve a message and/or lesson that can be shared with the greater school community or neighborhood.
The first step to acquiring money is to formulate a budget. When developing your budget you will need to consider many things. Gather estimates for costs for such things as soil, plants, fertilizers, garden tools, educational supplements, and miscellaneous items.
Once you have composed your budget, it's time to locate money. Funding can come from many places, the first being your school. Ask your school if they have a budget for a garden project. The school may be more likely to fund your garden project if the garden is shown to be an educational tool and classroom asset.
The Captain Planet Foundationwill fund as many projects as its annual resources allow.
All applicant organizations or sponsoring agencies must be exempt from federal taxation under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501, in order to be eligible for funding (this includes most schools and non-profit organizations).
Deadlines: September 30th- typically for spring and summer projects February 28th- typically for fall and winter projects
The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million.
Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation which is to: promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities.
Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 Up to $4,000 per year is available to any qualifying K-12 school enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. The competitive, nationwide funding program can help your school jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements.
UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINE: 6/4/2013
Do Something Seed Grants
These grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact.
How much?: $500 How many are you giving out?: One a week! Deadline: None! Apply now! You will be notified whether or not you have won within 2-3 months after submission.
It all started with a little seed and a teachers enthusiasm for growing fresh food. Bethune Academy has turned their Hydro Harvest Garden into a treasure! Linda, you are an inspiration to us and to all of the children that have come to know you, the school and the little garden that could...
Another grrrreatCelebration for BA! As you know, our resident farmer/master gardener Linda Mobley has been our inspiration to"grow".....
Linda transformed the garden and our Environmental Engineering focus for STEM into an Economics Project; thus, through encouragement for her to write the project and submit it for the Governor's Award for Economic Excellence,her project has been accepted as one of the projects to be considered for the big award. She will be treated like royalty on May 11th at EPCOT completing the day of learning and celebration with a Cirque de Soleil show!
Wow! I am so proud of Linda and we truly are indebted to her for her leadership and collegiality with our learning experiences for farming and gardening.....and "growing"!
Way to go Linda....so proud of you!
Bethune Academy Rocks!
Linda Mobley Bethune Academy
Teachers: Win up to $500 and a Trip to Minneapolis in June 2013!
Linda won Last Year!
Florida Agriculture in the Classroom is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Awards. General education and middle school agri-science teachers who use agricultural concepts to teach core subject areas are eligible. Teachers are welcome to nominate themselves. One winner each will be chosen in the following categories, and an overall Florida winner will be selected from the four:
Middle School Agri-Science
The overall Florida winner will receive a $500 honorarium and the three other winners will each receive $250 honorariums. All four winners will receive all expenses paid trips to the 2013 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference "Land of 10,000 Ag Opportunities" June 25-28 in Minneapolis.
The deadline to apply is Friday Dec. 14 and the simple online application is at
CLICK HERE, so nominate yourself or another teacher you know is using agriculture to bring core subject area alive for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Take a look at our newest School Garden. This Garden is for Eckerd College in St Petersburg. The staff of the College and the Bon Appetite Management Staff have decided to grow their own! We have made many trips across the Sunshine Skyway delivering our fresh pesticide free lettuce and other seasonally fresh veggies. Well, I guess they decided they can save a lot of money and incorporate the Hydro Harvest Farm garden into their curriculum. Your School can do this too. Just think what Day Care Schools could accomplish!
The Victory Garden has 12 Towers, all automatic. With 48 stackable pots that have growing space for 192 plants vertically, it also has 12 Ground Pots for lots more growing space. It comes with Pots, Ground Pots, Nutrient, Growing media, PVC, tubing, upgraded emitters, connectors, pump and timer. The conduit used for the poles to erect towers and the water reservoir do not come with this garden when shipped, but the conduit will be included when delivered locally. A 44 gallon garbage can can be used as a nutrient reservoir. The submersible pump with upgraded emitters will make it easy for you to add many more towers to this system. While supplies last, gently used pots are available. This will save you $240.00 over a new Victory Garden, your best value.
We are approved vendors with most School Districts, or we will become an approved vendor. We will submit an Invoice that will list all of the costs so you can get a Purchase Order. We have worked with many schools and are quite familiar with the process. If your grant doesn't cover this cost, we will work on a great garden to meet your needs.