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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Time Sensitive Garden Grant Opportunity

Hi all –

 

Please see below for a great financial opportunity to support your garden grant program! Four Grand Prizes of roughly $25,000 and 20 secondary grants of $10,000 each are available, so this could be a great opportunity to start a new garden! Deadline is March 28, 2017 – so act now!

 

3. Seeds of Change: Garden Grant Program
Seeds of Change® is awarding grants to 24 garden project around the country. Four Grand Prize grants (totaling $110,000) and twenty Secondary grants (totaling $200,000) will be awarded. To be eligible, entries must be received by March 28, 2017. 
Learn more here

 

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Monday, March 20, 2017

Grant Opportunity to Support Farm to School

Hi all –

 

See below for a grant opportunity for Michigan k-12 schools!

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

 

From: "Grischke, Deborah" <dgrischke@actionforhealthykids.org>
Date: Friday, March 17, 2017 at 4:13 PM
To: Abby Harper <harperab@anr.msu.edu>
Subject: Re: MI Farm to School News

 

Any Michigan K-12 school can apply for the AFHK Game On grants to support a school garden or Farm to School project. Grants average $1,000. Applications are now open through April 7, please feel free to share this excellent opportunity with your partners:

 

Action for Healthy Kids: Every Kid Healthy Grants (Applications now open)

  • Game On grants to support physical activity and nutrition initiatives are available, thanks to support from CSX, GoGo squeeZ, Saputo and Target.
  • Parents for Healthy Kids grants are available that focus on implementing Game On, thanks to support from ALDI and our promotional partner, National PTA. Programs with a parent engagement component will be given priority, and parent-led groups are encouraged to apply (e.g. PTAs, PTOs and school wellness teams with parent members). Select Game On grants on our school grants portal and complete the parent-specific questions to get priority points.  

Visit ActionforHealthyKids.org/Grants to learn more and apply for a grant. Deadline is Friday, April 7. Access our archived webinars to help you with grant applications.

 

Visit Michigan's Action for Healthy Kids website for local and state updates and available resources.

Friday, March 17, 2017

MI Farm to School News

Hello all –

 

Happy Friday! Fun fact, this is technically the last MI Farm to School news of winter, but you wouldn't know that by stepping outside. I'm itching for warmer weather and fresh berries, so I caved this week and made a pie with last summer's blueberries in honor of my favorite holiday – Pi Day! It temporarily made me forget that it was below zero outside, but soon enough we'll be bringing Michigan grown crunchy asparagus, tender lettuce, and snappy peas to school and early childhood program menus. Get excited, and celebrate with the latest in MI Farm to School News!

 

P.S. Before we enter Michigan's peak growing season, it's a great time to sign up for Cultivate Michigan! If you sign up today, you might be in time to receive our next round of egg-cellent featured food promotional materials and purchasing guides. And if you have an egg-ceptional egg-centric recipe, be sure to share it through our Cultivate Michigan Call for Recipes.

 

Best,

Abby

 

News

Celebrate CACFP with Farm to Early Care and Education 

National Farm to School Network

Its National CACFP Week! CACFP provides approximately 1.9 billion meals and snacks to over 3.3 million children each day, and each one is an opportunity to bring good, local food to young eaters.

 

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Announces the 2017 Silver Plate Class 

PR Newswire 

Recipients of the 2017 Silver Plate Awards are in - Congratulations to our own Michigander Betti Wiggins for receiving an award! 

 

Events

Slow Food Huron Valley Presents the 2017 Local Food Summit 

 March 20th, 2017 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Ann Arbor

Join community members to discuss what innovative models, ideas, and policies are ensuring local food accessibility to everyone. The Farm to Institution track is a particularly great opportunity to learn what Washtenaw County is doing. 

 

Webinar: Farm to School in the Every Student Succeeds Act 

March 21st, 2017 3:00 pm-4:00 pm EDT

Learn about various funding opportunities and policy levers that you can utilize to move farm to school forward in your communities. Register at the link above.

 

Webinar: NFSN Farm to Early Care and Education Webinar: Statewide Farm to ECE Network Building 

April 12th, 2017 3:30 pm-4:30 pm EDT

ECE network building is a key approach to institutionalizing farm to ECE and increasing opportunities for all. Register today and be a step closer to obtaining key tips to success in building a statewide farm to ECE network. 

 

Resources

MI Farm to ECE Webinar Series – Early Childhood Gardens for Experiential Learning

Watch the most recent of the Farm to ECE webinars – Kristin Salem presented on how Adventures Learning Center uses on-site gardens to enhance learning experiences for their children. Be sure to catch this 7th segment of our Farm to ECE mini-webinar series!

 

Reducing Food Waste In Out-Of-School Time: Best Practices Guide 

Public Health Law Center

Students discard 26 percent of the total food budget annually, and serving high-quality meals and snacks that are less likely to be discarded can improve your program participation rates, reach and overall impact.

 

Funding

Request for Applications: Native Communities with Farm to School

National Farm to School Network – Due March 22

The project will provide five Native schools mini-grants in the amount of $5,900 to expand and promote farm to school.

 

Head Start Garden Grants

National Head Start Association

I learned about this opportunity while at the Michigan Head Start Association Annual Conference yesterday. Grants up to $250 are available for Head Start programs to build gardens.  

 

Smart from the Start Award

Smart from the Start

Awards of up to $20,000 for preschool teachers to create practical, long-term improvements in nutrition and physical activity at their preschool.

 

Opportunities 

Job: Development Director

National Farm to School Network – Remote

NFSN is seeking a Development Director to lead the organization towards strategic growth and diversification of its funding base. Apply by March 20, 2017.

 

 Job: Growers/Producers Network Coordinator

Edible Flint

This position will build capacity of existing growers to produce for sales by providing them with access to equipment, training and technical assistance and securing resources.

 

Policy and Grassroots Internships

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

NSAC is hiring for two summer internship positions, see attached position descriptions for more information.

 

Gardening tips and more at this year's Starting and Sustaining a School Garden Conference

MSU Extension

Join MSU and fellow educators in exploring all the ways school gardens contribute to a healthier school environment. Gain knowledge and skills to start and maintain an effective school garden. Register today!

 

 

 

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Early Childhood Gardens Webinar - TODAY at 1 pm

Don't miss out on the next 15 minute segment in the MI Farm to ECE Webinar Series, today!

 

MI Farm to ECE Webinar Series – Early Childhood Gardens for Experiential Learning

Thursday March 9 1:00 pm

Kristin Salem of Adventures Learning Center will be leading today's webinar. Adventures Learning Center is a multi-site daycare center in western Michigan. She will be presenting on one of the center's farm to ECE components – using on-site gardens to enhance childhood learning experiences and bring local food into all aspects of their programming. Be sure to catch this 7th segment of our Farm to ECE mini-webinar series!

Register here.

 

Best,

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Monday, March 6, 2017

Farm to Early Childhood Survey on Local Food Interest

Please share with your networks!

 

Our partners at Detroit Eastern Market are conducting a quick, 4-question survey to better understand the needs of Early Childhood Providers in serving local foods.

 

The purpose of this survey is to gauge interest in a program that would help provide Michigan fruits and vegetables to early childhood programs through meal kits.

 

Take the survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZjI23RanuXhN3Lc5WEg9Kk8QQDWHhare_ROuhTmn36rOGDg/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

 

Thanks in advance for helping inform this work!

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Friday, March 3, 2017

MI Farm to School News

Hello Network!

 

Hope you're getting ready for a restful weekend. It was great to meet many of our early childhood subscribers at the Campfire West Michigan 4c Conference last Saturday and the Michigan Head Start Association Conference yesterday! If you're one of our newer subscribers, welcome! Hope you glean lots of useful tips and resources from these newsletters.

 

Lots of opportunities and news to report this week, including a couple exciting survey opportunities! Be sure to chime in if you're an early childhood program interested in local food sourcing or have some great recipes to share with Cultivate Michigan!

 

Learning Opportunities

MI Farm to ECE Webinar Series – Early Childhood Gardens for Experiential Learning

Thursday March 9 1:00 pm

I am super excited to have Kristin Salem of Adventures Learning Center talk about how they use on-site gardens to enhance learning experiences for their children. Be sure to catch this 7th segment of our Farm to ECE mini-webinar series! Register here.

 

Webinar: Promising Partnerships: Extension and Farm to ECE

March 14 2 pm

This webinar will feature diverse efforts lead by Cooperative Extension programs to support farm to ECE efforts. Read more about these promising partnerships on the NFSN blog.

 

Action Opportunities

 

Call for Recipes: Cultivate Michigan Recipe Box

Cultivate Michigan

We need to hear from you! Got a favorite recipe that features local food? Share it with us, so we can share it with Michigan!

 

Mitten Meals Survey

Early childhood programs interested in local food purchasing, please take this four-question survey on interest in local food purchasing practices.

 

High School Garden Programs Survey

University of Nevada Las Vegas

This study aims to describe educators' perspectives about high school gardening programs across the nation, including benefits associated with having a school garden.

 

Funding

 

Head Start Garden Grants

National Head Start Association

I learned about this opportunity while at the Michigan Head Start Association Annual Conference yesterday. Grants up to $250 are available for Head Start programs to build gardens.  

 

Smart from the Start Award

Smart from the Start

Awards of up to $20,000 for preschool teachers to create practical, long-term improvements in nutrition and physical activity at their preschool.

 

News

 

Montague and Whitehall schools meals include locally-grown potatoes - MSU Extension

A story of innovation on the West Coast, this MI Farm to School Grantee is blending local sourcing with classroom education.

 

Seasonal gardening in school gardens - MSU Extension

A study has shown that students who take part in growing their food are more likely to eat it. Learn tips for maintaining your school gardens in the summer.

 

Resources

 

USDA Standardized Recipes

USDA FNS

These recipes are standardized to provide updated crediting information, including the vegetable subgroups. LOTS of the vegetables featured are grown in Michigan, so these can be a great tool for getting innovative with locally produced foods! They've also got some good legume recipes. Did you know Michigan is the second largest producer of dry beans in the states?

 

Creating Childhood Production Centers

NC Cooperative Extension

Publication that includes basic garden design and layout to help childcare centers get started in year-round gardening activities. One of eight publications about childcare center production gardens

 

Jobs

 

FoodCorps Service Member

Deadline March 15

FoodCorps is recruiting talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities.

 

Job: Development Director

National Farm to School Network, Remote

NFSN seeks a Development Director to lead the organization is strategic growth and diversification of its funding base. Apply by March 20, 2017

 

Job: Growers/Producers Network Coordinator

Edible Flint

This position will build capacity of existing growers to produce for sales by providing them with access to equipment, training and technical assistance and securing resources.

 

Policy and Grassroots Internships

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

NSAC is hiring for two summer internship positions, see attached position descriptions for more information.

 

Best,

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Re-formatted Feb. 2017 Michigan School Garden newsletter

MICHIGAN SCHOOL GARDEN NEWSLETTER

February 2017

 

Happy February School Gardeners –Planting season is almost here!  To help you prepare for the best school garden ever I have posted an article about the upcoming Starting and Sustaining a School Garden 2017 Bowers workshop.   My esteemed colleague Kaitlin Wojciak is out of the country this month, so I have posted an article by Rebecca Finneran, Extension Educator about preparing your vegetable gardening and the importance of soil development.  Kaitlin will return for the March 2017 newsletter.  I have also posted links to additional articles by Extension Educators about garden planning, and a somewhat technical article about how the early warm temperatures affect Michigan fruit crops.  There are also some great free workshops in Macomb County about vegetable gardening, and lots more, so enjoy!

Articles

 

Let's Get This Garden Party Started!

by Kristine Hahn, MSU Extension Educator, Community Food Systems

 

Come to Starting and Sustaining a School Garden 2017 Bowers to get your garden off to a great start and keep it on track.

 

The guilty pleasure of those warm temperatures last week spurred me and a whole lot of other folks to think about getting an early start on our gardens.  I know you want to start digging in the soil and planting seeds (so do I), but RESIST THE URGE!!  Odds are we will have another spurt of cold weather before it warms up for good, and most soils are too wet for working and planting.

 

The best way to get the 2017 Garden Party Started is to be well prepared – and the best way to get prepared and pumped up for the school garden by is to attend the Starting and Sustaining a School Garden 2017 Bowers workshop on April 13, 2017.  We have a great day planned for all of you school gardeners and you can register at https://events.anr.msu.edu/S3G041317Bowers/

 

The Starting and Sustaining a School Garden 2017 Bowers workshop will be at a new location this year:

 

Bloomfield Hills School Bowers Farm

1219 East Square Lake Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

 

It is a wonderful facility with a greenhouse, lots of gardens and animals and excellent educational features.  Best of all, there are a lot of great educators scheduled to speak on topics that will help you and your students' make 2017 the best school garden year EVER!!

 

Dr. Norm Lownds, Director of the 4-H Children's Garden at Michigan State University will be back to present update workshops on "How to Connect Your Students to the Garden" and the latest and greatest developments on how to participate in the "MSU Collaborating Classrooms" program.  There will also be hands-on sessions about "Seasonal Gardening Instead of Summer Maintenance", "All About Pollinators", "Working with Diverse Students" and much more – check out all the break-out sessions at the online link for the flyer and agenda

 https://events.anr.msu.edu/admin/eventdata/S3G041317Bowers/SSSG%20Bowers%20Farm%20Flyer%2020171.pdf

 

There will also be opportunities to ask questions and to network with the workshop educators and other teachers and school garden staff and volunteers.  Feel free to download this flyer and agenda to share with any other interested school garden people such as, parents, administrators and fellow educators.

 

A limited number of partial scholarships are available and you can contact Kristine Hahn at 248-802-4590 or hahnk@msu.edu for a scholarship application, any questions about Starting and Sustaining a School Garden, or to schedule your own school garden site visit or a professional development session at your school.  Hope you can join us for lots of fun and learning on April 13, 2017 at Bowers Farm!

 

This article was published by Michigan State University Extension and the staff in the Community Food Systems Workgroup who support Farm to School activities including school gardens.  For more information, visit http://www.msue.msu.edu. To have a digest of information delivered straight to your email inbox, visit http://www.msue.msu.edu/newsletters. To contact an expert in your area, visit http://expert.msue.msu.edu, or call 888-MSUE4MI (888-678-3464).

 

Preparing the smart vegetable garden

by Rebecca Finneran, Pamela J. Bennett and Denise Johnson, Ohio State University Extension


Soil preparation

Productive vegetable gardens are based on a strong foundation, and that foundation is the soil. Healthy soils consist of different non-living mineral particles, such as sand, silt and clay, as well as organic matter and living organisms. Healthy soils provide an environment conducive to root growth which leads to a healthy plant and fruit and vegetable production. The Smart Gardening tip sheet "Smart gardens begin with healthy soil" provides complete information about soil specifics.


First, start with a soil test in order to know what nutrients are needed as well as the pH and organic content of the soil. Refer to the Smart Gardening tip sheet "Don't Guess - Soil Test!" for details on how to do a soil test. Soil tests can be purchased online at the MSU Extension Bookstore (search for E3154).


Once you have the results, you will know what amendments and in what proportion to add for best results in the vegetable garden. Only add the recommended amounts of fertilizer based on the soil test results. Over application of phosphorous and nitrogen fertilizers is a known contaminant of surface and ground water.


Organic matter is also a very important component of your soil as it is the "glue" holding all of the soil components together, providing space for oxygen and good drainage. Organic matter includes composted animal manure, chopped up leaves, grass clippings and cover crops. These are added to sandy soils in order to improve water-holding capacity, and added to clay soils to improve drainage.


Organic residues can easily be seen on the soil surface in the no-till gardening system. As time goes on, soils should be crumbly and easy to plant.


Site preparation

If you are breaking ground for a new garden, eliminate grass or weeds that might be in the planned garden area first. One method is to remove the grass or sod by hand. This is most feasible when an instant result is needed. The sod chunks or grass removed can be added to a compost pile and re-entered to the garden system at a later time. However, this method will also require some organic matter be added to the soil below the old turf roots.


There are several methods that employ a "smothering" technique that will accomplish this task without using chemicals. Laying down a sheet of plastic and securing it with weights around the edges will effectively kill vegetation beneath except for the most stubborn of perennial weeds. Another easy way to smother weeds is to place several sheets of newspaper down in the area and layer compost or other organic matter such as chopped up leaves, grass clippings or mulch over the top. This is commonly called "sheet composting." The organic layers on top will degrade while weeds below are dying out, resulting in a weed-free and ready-to plant-garden space. This may take a few months or can effectively start in the fall with spring planting in mind. Today's newsprint is made with vegetable-based ink so there are no worries about residues left behind.


No-till preparation

No-till farming and gardening is a method in which the soil is left undisturbed except in the planting space for the seeds or plants. For years farmers have utilized the no-till method for crops, realizing the benefits of erosion control, soil moisture conservation, fewer weeds and building soil structure and health. Excessive tillage destroys the soil structure which is the foundation for healthy plant roots that interact with the living component of the soil.


Adding organic matter also enhances soil structure by encouraging microorganisms to act as a conduit for nutrients to enter plant roots. The no-till technique leaves crop residue on the soil surface which increases the organic matter content of the soil while enhancing the environment for the living component. Many gardeners are utilizing no-till vegetable gardening.


Planning a no-till smart vegetable garden requires a little bit of thought. It is imperative that you don't walk on the soil in the planting areas as you work in the garden. This will only compact the soil. Therefore, you need to design your garden so that you have paths to walk on between the actual planting areas. The beds should be no more than 4 feet wide so that you can reach across the bed to weed or harvest while kneeling in the walkway. In addition, create beds that are shorter in length so that you are not tempted to cut across the bed to get to another one. A good size bed recommendation is around 4 feet wide by 8 feet long.


The sheet composting method mentioned above can be used to prepare the bed the first year. After that, organic matter such as compost should be added to these beds each season; organic matter breaks down over time and needs to be replenished. One to 2 inches of compost may be all a garden needs for the season. It may take a couple of seasons to build your no-till beds, but once they are established, adding additional organic matter is all that is necessary. Using organic mulch such as straw or wood landscape mulch will help prevent weeds from growing and can serve double-duty as organic matter; it's an important component in the no-till garden.


Straw mulch used in walkways will reduce compaction and retard weed growth.

You may want to explore other popular types of no-till systems, including sheet composting, lasagna gardening, straw bale gardens and container gardening.


If you choose a more conventional method of preparing the garden such as with a cultivator, you are encouraged to reduce tilling to a minimum. As mentioned before, tilling breaks down soil structure and disturbs the environment that is beneficial to living organisms, so the less tilling, the better.


The practice of rotating crops in the garden is also a smart tip. This action helps reduce pests and pathogens that may be carried on the same crop from one year to the next. In addition, crops such as beans and other legumes "fix" nitrogen on their roots which will benefit the next plant that gets planted in that space the following season.


For more information on a wide variety of smart gardening articles, or to find out about smart gardening classes and events, visit the Gardening in Michigan website.

                                                                                                                                                                       

Links to Recommended Articles

Click on Plan Your Vegetable Garden with Smart Gardening to read the article with the same title.

Also, click on Worried About February Warm-Up to Fruit Crops to read that article.

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School Garden Educational Opportunities

  •  Starting and Sustaining a School Garden 2017 Bowers happens on Thursday,      April 13, 2017 (the day before Good Friday) at Charles L Bowers School Farm located at 1219 E Square Lake Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. We have a great day scheduled with knowledgeable presenters, hands-on break-out sessions, opportunities to ask questions and network with others involved in school gardening.  Hope you can join us!

You can register online at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/S3G041317Bowers/

 

You can also download the workshop flyer with the registration link and agenda to share with other school garden friends or to post at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/admin/eventdata/S3G041317Bowers/SSSG%20Bowers%20Farm%20Flyer%202017%20FINAL2.pdf

 

There are partial scholarships available – for a form please contact Kristine Hahn prior to registration at 248-802-4590 or hahnk@anr.msu.edu

·        Cool Weather Gardens

Date: March 21, 2017
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: MSU Extension Office, Entrance E, 21885 Dunham, Clinton Township, MI 48036
Contact: Maureen, 586-469-6440

Join us as Karen Burke, Macomb MSUE Horticulture Assistant and Master Gardener, presents information and gardening tips on what can be grown in the cooler spring and fall months in our Michigan gardens.  This program is FREE, but you MUST register in advance by calling 585-469-6440.

·        Basic Vegetable Gardening

Date: March 28, 2017
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Max Thompson Family Resource Center, 11370 Hupp, Warren, MI 48089
Contact: Maureen, 586-469-6440

The program will cover everything from garden soil to planning and planting the vegetable garden, from seed to transplant choices, from garden maintenance to garden tools, and the A to Z's of vegetables This program is FREE but you MUST register in advance by calling 586-469-6440.

·        Smart Gardening with Vegetables 101 Webinar Series 2

Date: March 21, 2017 - April 25, 2017
Time: 6 - 7 p.m. (EST)
Location: Webinar
Contact: Rebecca Krans,906-875-0606, kransr@anr.msu.edu; Sarah Rautio, 989-984-1059, rautio@anr.msu.edu


  • Michigan Science Teachers Assoc. Annual Conference:  Putting Legs on the New Science Standards   http://www.mstamich.org/?page=AnnualMSTAConferen  March 23-25, 2017 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI  48374 *Has a tour of MSU Tollgate Education Center and Farm as an option*


  • Have a question about gardeningresidential/home horticulture or consumer agriculture? Call 1-888-678-3464. Or, submit your questions electronically by visiting migarden.msu.edu


 


 

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School Garden Grant Opportunities

We would always love to hear about your garden grant stories, awards or applications! Please feel welcome to write us with them so we can highlight your experience in the newsletter.

 

Smart from the Start

The Smart from the Start Awards are designed to encourage preschool teachers to create practical, long-term improvements in nutrition and physical activity at their preschool. By the end of this school year, Smart from the Start will have awarded almost 50 grants helping families, community members, students, and faculty make life-changing decisions for a healthier lifestyle.

 

Apply Here: http://www.togethercounts.com/sfts/awards

 

Prizes: Grand Prize

    $20,000 grant for the preschool

    Prize pack of books

 

10 Runners-Up

    $2,500 grant

    Prize pack of books


American Honda Foundation

Due dates three times per year; Next application due date is August 1

Schools, nonprofits classified as 501(c) (3) s and private or public schools (elementary and secondary) are eligible.

Award range: $20,000 - $75,000 for one year                                        

Apply online at http://www.honda.com/community/applying-for-a-grant


The Home Depot Foundation

https://corporate.homedepot.com/grants/community-impact-grants

Community Impact Grants currently open; Schools and 501(c) (3) organizations are eligible.

Awards are up to $5,000

The Home Depot also has opportunities to match donations from local stores with nonprofits. Follow this link for more information on how to request a match. 


Project Produce Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools

Open: Now

Due date: None, distributed on a rolling basis

Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible.

Must be submitted by district food service director.

These grants are $2,500 and can assist with offering educational activities in the lunchroom, encouraging students to try new veggies and fruits. Read more and apply online at this link.


Youth Micro-grants through Karma for Cara Foundation

Application deadlines are now seasonal. Next deadline is April 1st

Youth under age 18 who are working on a community service project (including school and community gardens).

Awards are between $250 - $1,000.

Apply online at this link.

 


Best regards,


Kristine Hahn

Michigan State University Extension Educator

Community Food Systems

Eastern Market Office

1445 Adelaide

Detroit, MI 48207

313-567-9701

248-802-4590 (CELL)

313-567-8726 (FAX)


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