GFB Foundation for Agriculture awards $13,500 in grants
Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is teaming up with county Farm Bureaus and 4-H or FFA clubs in 17 counties to fund projects that will increase the public’s understanding of agriculture or foster leadership development for county Farm Bureau members.
Recipients of GFB Foundation grants for 2018 were named in May. A total of $13,500 was awarded to 17 county Farm Bureaus, two 4-H clubs and two FFA chapters.
The Colquitt, Floyd and Newton County Farm Bureaus each received a $1,000 grant. These counties plan to use their grant funds to: buy an egg incubator and teach a poultry unit at a local elementary school; purchase hydroponic gardening supplies to work with a local elementary school; and fund a series of workshops to educate teachers about the Ag in the Classroom (AITC) Program.
Banks, Cherokee, Jeff Davis, Randolph, Turner and Union County Farm Bureau each received a $750 grant. These counties will use their grants to: develop future county Farm Bureau leaders, plant a school orchard, install a chicken coop; and purchase an enviroscape watershed model to teach students how farmers take care of the environment.
Eight grants of $500 each were awarded to the Baldwin, Bibb, Effingham, Habersham, Harris, Paulding, Stephens and Walker County Farm Bureaus. These counties plan to: plant school gardens; provide resource materials for students to learn how worms improve soil quality; and provide traveling “barns” stocked with AITC resources including lesson plans and activities to be used by local elementary schools. Stephens County plans to implement its Stephens Growing Real Opportunities With Students (GROWS) program based on the HallGROWS AITC model.
Four grants of $500 each were awarded to Coffee County FFA, Crawford County 4-H, East Jackson Middle FFA and Mitchell County 4-H. The Crawford and Mitchell County 4-H Clubs plan to use their grants to fund gardening programs for 4-Hers. Coffee County FFA will use its grant to buy resources to expand its annual Ag Literacy Day. East Jackson Middle FFA plans to build an outdoor classroom next to its raised garden bed.
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 and funds leadership development programs. Visit www.gfbfoundation.org to make a tax-deductible donation or to learn more about the foundation.