IN SEASON – Grant opportunity for local teachers, students

How does a teacher’s garden grow? Local nonprofit organization, Slow Food First Coast, wants to know.
Slow Food First Coast, whose mission is a food system based on the principles of quality and pleasure environmental sustainability and social justice, is launching a $250 grant opportunity to find out. The goal is to provide an educational garden experience for current teachers in Duval and St. Johns counties, and help local students get their gardening hands dirty in the process.
Interested can apply to receive a garden kit that includes: a four-foot by eight-foot 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 opportunities with local master gardeners and other teachers who have successfully implemented school gardens.
Applications are available at A completed application form must be sent via email to Richard Villadoniga at [email protected] or via snail mail to Slow Food First Coast, P.O. Box 951, St. Augustine, FL 32085 by Sep. 8. Winners will be judged and selected by a panel by Sep. 15.
Grant winners will be required to fulfill several gardening obligations including: planting an organic garden during the 2012-213 school year; building a garden that includes food, herbs and vegetables; having administrative support; developing plans to integrate the garden into classroom curriculum; using vegetables grown in the garden for students’ taste experiences; continuing the garden project beyond the current school year; providing feedback to the organization; and letting Slow Food First Coast representatives visit the site.

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