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GFB Foundation announces fall grant awards


By: Georgia Farm Bureau
8/22/2017 2:41:56 PM


The latest recipients of grants from the Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture have been announced. The foundation has awarded $500 grants to the Decatur County 4-H, Effingham Middle FFA, Lee Middle West FFA and Atkinson FFA to support leadership development and ag literacy projects conducted by the student organizations.

The following county Farm Bureaus received $500 grants for classroom education, consumer awareness or leadership development projects: Baldwin, Bibb, Brooks, Cobb, Emanuel, Gordon, Irwin, McDuffie, Walker and Wilkinson.

Applications for the next cycle of grants for county Farm Bureaus and 4-H Clubs or FFA Chapters are due Dec. 15. Visit the Foundation website for more information or to apply.

The GFB Foundation for Agriculture is a non-profit charitable foundation that funds projects to increase the public's understanding of agriculture, offers scholarships to students pursuing careers in agriculture or closely related fields, and funds leadership development programs. Visit to make a tax-deductible donation or for more information about its programs.

4-H/FFA Grants

Decatur County 4-H received its grant to establish school gardens and compost bins at Hutto Middle School to help students develop agricultural skills leading to understanding of life science standards.

Effingham Middle FFA received grant funds to purchase lumber, hardware and soil for installation of three raised beds on the Effingham County Middle School Campus.

Lee County Middle West FFA plans to use its grant funds to create a farm-to-table garden to develop agricultural literacy and support a local charity.

Atkinson County FFA will partner with two local elementary schools, Pearson Elementary and Willacoochee Elementary to educate students about agriculture and its relation to everyday lives.

County Farm Bureau Grants

The Gordon County Farm Bureau Women's Committee plans to establish a mobile raised garden bed garden that will travel from classroom to classroom or school to school. This project would help children learn about the plant life cycle and understand how their food is grown and cultivated.

Walker County Farm Bureau plans to use barn bookshelves to catch students' attention and make them eager to learn. Having the ability to rotate bookshelves between schools gives students the ability to dig deeper into their farming interest than what WCFB can do during their allotted time in the schools. WCFB plans to have bookshelves in various classrooms reaching kids aged 4-11 that do not have the opportunity to learn elsewhere about how agriculture affects their daily lives.

Cobb County Farm Bureau plans to help Awtrey Middle School add a second raised box vegetable garden to increase students' production allowing them opportunities to learn what it takes to grow a farm-based business. This project will help students learn the economics behind building their own farmers market business.

McDuffie County Farm Bureau will continue its partnership with McDuffie County Schools to provide age-appropriate ag literacy libraries to each school in the district. Last year, MCFB provided libraries to three elementary schools and ag literacy libraries will be provided to the rest of the schools in the county.

Baldwin County Farm Bureau is funding an observation hive and bees for use at Comfort Farms, the nation's first acute veterans crisis agriculture center. This hive will open the door to communication with Baldwin County Elementary Schools that previously have not had a relationship with BCFB.

Bibb County Farm Bureau will be funding the Farm a Month book set with an accompanying educator's guide, one class set of Ag Mags, and plants and seeds for raised beds at Heard Elementary School and Skyview Elementary School.

Wilkinson County Farm Bureau will help fund three apple trees, two raised beds (fall and spring garden) and garden tools, as well as agriculture non-fiction books and agriculture magazines. The raised beds will be assembled by the 4-H agent and club members. The apple trees will enhance the apple lessons that are completed in the regular classroom. The raised beds will enhance the lessons being taught about seeds and the life cycles of a plant.

Emanuel County Farm Bureau plans to build two raised beds at one of Emanuel County's primary schools. These beds will be used to teach students where their food comes from by having them plant, tend and harvest crops, which will be processed and served in the school cafeteria.

Brooks County Farm Bureau is helping Brooks County Middle School create an outdoor learning area to be developed around a greenhouse and gated area already in place.

Irwin County Farm Bureau plans to increase agricultural literacy through the establishment of an outdoor learning area with raised garden beds for students at Irwin County Elementary School. This space will provide an authentic setting for teachers to incorporate ag concepts into science, math, social studies and language arts lessons.


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