Franklin, Long, Treutlen Counties win top Ag Foundation Grants
County Farm Bureaus in Franklin, Long and Treutlen counties were each awarded $1,000 grants from the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture to support agricultural literacy projects in their communities.
Overall, 17 county Farm Bureaus received grants. Appling, Banks, Cherokee, Houston, Upson and Walker counties were awarded $750. Farm Bureaus in Barrow, Bartow, Effingham, Laurens, McDuffie, Tift, Turner and Warren counties were awarded $500. Jeff Davis Middle School FFA, West Laurens FFA, Morgan County 4-H and Putnam County 4-H received $500 grants, as well.
Franklin County Farm Bureau produced the pilot video for use as a virtual field trip by local educators, with plans for more to follow. The video, called “Once Upon a Farm,” was distributed in March to 43 teachers across kindergarten, first and second grades in Franklin County and reached more than 750 students.
Long County Farm Bureau is working to establish an ag resource library in local schools and the Long County Public Library, providing books and activities as well as reading to preK-5th-grade students.
Treutlen County Farm Bureau is participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a child nutrition program that provides free nutritious meals to students during the summer when school is not in session. The TCFB Women’s Committee planned to provide a special program at each of four serving sites, allowing students the chance to handle fresh fruits and vegetables and have school system nutrition staff cook and serve the items the following day.
Grants to the other counties will fund a variety of projects, including a Summer Agvacation for older children, school gardens, the purchase of ag books for libraries and ag resource materials for teachers.