NCR-SARE Announces 2017 Youth Educator Grants
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce the projects recommended for funding for the Youth Educator competitive grant program. For the 2017 Youth Educator Grant Program, NCR-SARE awarded almost $21,000 to 11 projects. The competitive Youth Educator Grant Program supports educators who seek to provide programming on sustainable agriculture for youth. Those selected to receive funding included (in order by state):
- Thomas Johnson of Central College in Pella, IA was awarded $2,000 for the project, “Fun With Food Summer Camp for 9-12 Year Olds at Central College in Pella, Iowa.”
- Shannon McBride of Liberty Prairie Foundation in Grayslake, IL was awarded $2,000 for the project, “Prairie Farm Corps Youth Development Program.”
- Marnie Record of Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL was awarded $2,000 for the project, “Sustainable Agriculture Youth Workforce Development Program.”
- Kathy Haste of Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District (JCSWCD) in Franklin, IN was awarded $1,320 for the project, “The Garbage to Garden Project: Providing Composting Services and Education.”
- Jamie Hooten of Bedford, IN was awarded $1,998 for the project, “Edible Schoolyard Bedford.”
- Eric Oglesbee of Good Shepherd Montessori School in South Bend, IN was awarded $2,000 for the project, “School-Farm Partnerships: Creating Natural Systems of Education for Food Production and Environmental Stewardship.”
- Alaina Dobkowski of New City Neighbors in Grand Rapids, MI was awarded $2,000 for the project, “New City Farm Youth Gardening & Cooking Club Education Project.”
- Michael Tosto of Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing, MI was awarded $2,000 for the project, “Pondering Pollinators.”
- Ashton Bohling of Auburn Public Schools in Auburn, NE was awarded $1,999 for the project, “Farm Towers: Urban Agriculture Goes Vertical.”
- Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch of Nebraska Cooperative Development Center, Buy Fresh Buy Local in Lincoln, NE was awarded $2,000 for the project, “Engaging Youth in Sustainable Farming and Benefits of Direct Marketing.”
- Jennifer Johnston of Zane Trace FFA Organization in Chillicothe, OH was awarded $969 for the project, “Pioneer Pollinators.”
Read descriptions of these projects online.
The focus for each of the NCR-SARE grant programs is on research and education. Funding considerations are based on how well the applicant presents the problem being addressed, the project's relevance to sustainable agriculture in the 12-state North Central region, and how well it aligns with NCR-SARE's goals, among other factors specific to each grant program.
NCR-SARE’s Administrative Council (AC) members decide which projects will receive SARE funds. The AC includes a diverse mix of agricultural stakeholders in the region. Council members hail from regional farms and ranches, the Cooperative Extension Service, universities, federal agencies, and nonprofits.
Since 1988, the SARE program has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program. The program, part of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, funds projects and conducts outreach designed to improve agricultural systems.