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Alaska Farm to School – Week 2: 9 – 13 Jan 2017

Happy New Year and welcome back!!


Grants & Funding Opportunities


1. Environmental Education Grants, Captain Planet Foundation

The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Funding ranges from $500 - $2,500. Applications are due by January 31, 2017. Learn more here.


2. NEA Foundation: Grants to Educators

The NEA Foundation is providing mini-grants for projects and programs that can support STEM learning, such as urban farming and other farm to school activities. Deadlines for applications are due Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 15. Learn more here


3. Lead2Feed Leadership Challenge Accepting Student Entries for Service Learning Projects

The Lead2Feed Challenge was created by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning and the Lift a Life Foundation, with assistance from the Yum! Foundation, to encourage middle and high school students to hone their leadership skills by completing a service-learning project that addresses a community need. Teams of students in 6th - 12th grades are invited to enter the challenge. Each team must complete the Lead2Feed lessons and create and execute a service-learning project designed to find and fill a need in their community. First-, second-, third- and honorable mention prizes of $20,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $1,000, respectively, will be awarded, for a total of up to $275,000.  Up to 50 teams will be recognized as winners. Learn more here


Cool Resources and Reports


1. Florida Middle School goes farm to table (not earth shattering but very positive news to start us off)

Students at a Florida middle school enrolled in agriscience classes help maintain an on-campus garden. School nutrition professionals use about 70% of the food produced in the garden, including lettuce, radishes, carrots and fruits. The News-Press


2. Chicken coop boosts farm-to-school efforts

A Vermont elementary school will ring in the new year with a chicken coop that will house 12 chickens year-round for students to care for and learn from. The idea stemmed from a weeklong workshop the Vermont Farm to School Network held at Shelburne Farms. Waterbury Record


Growing/Gardening/Farming News


Alaska has lost a gardening giant and wonderful soul on Sunday evening. Please see the short announcement from the Alaska Master Gardener’s website:


With great sadness I have learned that Verna Pratt passed away on Sunday evening. Along with her family, many of Verna's fellow Master Gardener friends were constantly with her during her illness, caring for her and sharing good memories. A memorial service is being planned and details will follow.
Harry Deuber
AMGA President


Here is a link to an article about her from the ADN: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2017/01/09/wildflower-wizard-verna-pratt-dies-in-anchorage/


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