The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 13 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation. The grants are awarded through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program.
The grants are allocated through county and state Farm Bureaus and are used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand existing agricultural literacy efforts.
Criteria for selecting winners included: the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and education; how successfully the project enhances learner engagement in today’s food, fiber and fuel systems; and the processes and timelines for accomplishing project goals.
“The mini-grant program is our way of giving back to our grassroots members to assist in helping younger generations learn about agriculture and the role it plays in our everyday lives,” said Julie Tesch, executive director of the Foundation. Farm Bureau members share free educational resources with educators in their communities as part of the program.
The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a project of the Foundation in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. The fund honors two former committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were trailblazers in early national efforts to expand the outreach of agricultural education and improve agricultural literacy.
Carroll County Farm Bureau, Virginia
A barn tent with interior and exterior panels that provide interactive, hands-on, virtual agricultural experiences for children. The tent will also feature accurate ag books for children to further explore agriculture. This tent will be used at fairs and schools and will teach students about cows, sheep, chickens and much more.
Smyth County Farm Bureau, Virginia
“Farm a Month” book bundles and lesson plans, as well as “First Peas to the Table” books for the Smyth County Women’s Committee to use in the local community. Volunteers will visit classrooms each month to discuss a different commodity with Farm a Month. With the “First Peas to the Table” books, students will learn about peas, gardens and Thomas Jefferson.