Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - K-8

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Meet College Prep Elementary & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

College Prep Elementary
St. Paul, Minnesota

The goal of our project was to expose five- and six-year-old kindergarten students to different varieties of organic fruits and vegetables. Many of our students are English Language Learners and have never seen most fruits and vegetables. During this school year we had successful tastings for a large variety of different fruits and vegetables. Many students tasted different foods that they had never had before.

Meet Happy Valley Elementary School & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Happy Valley Elementary School
Happy Valley Elementary School in Santa Cruz, California received a grant for the entire school population of 152 K-6 grade students to participate in the planting, care, and eating of an organic salad. Each grade was responsible for growing one part of the salad from seed to harvest: kindergarten students grew carrots, first-grade students grew spinach, second-grade students grew lettuce, third-grade students grew beets, a combo class of fourth- and fifth-grade students grew radishes, and a combo class of fifth- and sixth-grade students grew celery.

Meet Kimbark Elementary School & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Kimbark Elementary School
San Bernardino, California

Kimbark Elementary School students planted a winter garden with crops including broccoli, two types of kale, cauliflower, cabbage, and snap peas. Students learned about organic farming as they noticed aphids and insect larvae on the plants, followed by the ladybugs that were there to eat the other bugs. Students enjoyed making smoothies and salads from the vegetable harvest and found that their own perceptions about healthy food were changing.

Meet Our 2014 K-8 Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Recipients!

Raelynn Antrim, Ocean Knoll Elementary, Encinitas, CA

Project: Community Seed Library

Meet Pacific Elementary School: A Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Recipient

Pacific Elementary School
Davenport, California

This March, we planted seven apple trees and one persimmon tree with transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, first, second, fifth, and sixth grade classes all taking part in the process. In November, we had CCOF board members visit for lunch and visit with our fifth and sixth grade classes. We purchased two citrus trees, fencing, irrigation and received a donated avocado tree. Our eventual goal is to have students harvest fruit for our student’s meal and snack program.

Meet Pueblo Vista Magnet Elementary School & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

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Pueblo Vista Magnet Elementary School
Napa, California 

The mission of Pueblo Vista Magnet School is to promote environmental literacy through bilingual education. The school community strives to develop biliterate learners whose ability to engage in critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship, character, and creativity leads to a more environmentally-just society. Organic gardening is an ideal context for developing these habits of mind by bringing science learning to life in the school garden.

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