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Cherokee County Farm Bureau receives White-Reinhardt mini-grant

Cherokee County Farm Bureau (CCFB) is one of seven recipients of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Spring 2019 mini-grants. The foundation awarded more than $9,000 in mini-grants to communities across the nation through the White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program.

CCFB, which was awarded a $1,000 grant, plans to install elevated beds to make a school sensory garden wheelchair-accessible. Hanging planters will incorporate vertical gardening and a composting bin will teach students about decomposers and the food web.

The White-Reinhardt grants are allocated through county Farm Bureaus and are used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand existing agricultural literacy efforts.

Criteria for selecting winners included: the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and education; how successfully the project enhances learner engagement in today’s food, fiber and fuel systems; and the processes and timelines for accomplishing project goals.

The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a project of the foundation in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. The fund honors two former committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were trailblazers in early national efforts to expand the outreach of agricultural education and improve agricultural literacy.

Applications for a second round of mini-grants will be accepted in the spring with recipients announced in the fall. Visit for more information on the mini-grants, including application information for fall 2019 mini-grants.