Craig County Farm Bureau has won a $500 American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Program “Our Food Link” grant to fund a school garden project in their county.
Craig County had to present a strong link between the food system and agriculture in a way which would be of interest to consumers to be eligible for the grant. The year-round “Our Food Link” program connects farmers to consumers in new and creative ways.
“Students learn best when engaged in hands-on learning we will be able to teach them environmental awareness where they take responsibility for living things, understand life cycles, experience the way agriculture affects the environment and foster a curiosity about nature,” said Mary Hunter, Craig County Farm Bureau President. “The students will learn how to take care of a garden from seed to harvest and develop an understanding of where their food comes from. They will learn to cook the foods they raise, try new foods, and, if the harvest is large enough, market those foods to teachers and other students at the school.”