Teacher Grants Available for School Gardens, other Agriculture-Related Projects
Florida general education teachers, agri-science teachers and ESE teachers are eligible for four grant opportunities Florida Agriculture in the Classroom (FAITC) is offering this fall.
Individual teachers can apply for $500 school garden mini grants. Teams of three or more teachers can apply for $1,000 team school garden grants. Teachers also can apply for FAITC's Teacher Grants. In addition, teachers in DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Manatee and Polk counties are eligible for $500 Mosaic Company Foundation School Garden Mini grants.
To complete an electronic application for the $500 school garden mini grants Click Here To complete an electronic application for the $1,000 team school garden grants Click Here If you are a teacher in DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Manatee and Polk counties and would like to complete a Mosaic school garden mini grant Click Here
The Teacher Grant application is a hard copy application process. To download a copy of it, Click Here Six copies of the Teacher Grant application must be submitted and postmarked on or before Oct. 1, 2013.
Teachers can receive a $500 mini school garden grant or a $1,000 team school garden grant, but not both. However, mini grant and team grant recipients can apply for Teacher Grants.
Do You Want to go to Hershey, PA in June 2014? Here's How to Apply for Scholarships
The 2014 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference will be held in Hershey, Pennsylvania June 23-27. The conference will be a great way to meet K-12 teachers and educators from around the country and share classroom ideas on how to teach core subject areas using school garden and agriculture applications.
There are a couple of awards programs and scholarships to fund teacher travel to the conference. Florida Agriculture in the Classroom selects up to four teachers to go as part of its Florida Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award program. To fill out an online application, which is due Nov. 15, 2013 Click Here
American Farm Bureau's Foundation for Agriculture funds teacher travel to the NAITC Conference each year through its White-Reinhardt Scholarship program. To fill out an online application, which is due Oct. 15, 2013, Click Here
You can also apply to present a workshop at the NAITC conference. If your presentation is selected, your conference registration will be reduced by $200 or $125 depending on the type of presentation approved. To submit a workshop proposal by the Oct. 1, 2013 deadline Click Here
Get into the Core with FAITC Workshops and Farm Tours around Florida
Florida Agriculture in the Classroom will offer this school year workshops and related farm tours around the state to
K-12 teacher and agriculture industry educators in those areas.
The first one is scheduled for Friday Oct. 18 - Saturday Oct. 19 in Quincy west of Tallahassee. The first day participants will attend a workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Florida/IFAS North Florida Research & Education Center in Quincy where they will receive demonstrations in peanut, cotton, dairy lessons and Gardening for Grades school garden lessons.
The second day they will go on farm tours of a peanut and cotton farm and a dairy in North Florida. To register for the Oct. 18-19 workshop Click Here More workshop/farm tour opportunities are being scheduled around the state. Florida Agriculture in the Classroom will send out e-notices with more information as the workshops and farm tours are scheduled.
Available Free to Florida Teachers
School garden curriculum Gardening for Grades is still available as a digital download or as a hard copy for free to Florida teachers. Interested teachers should Click Here! to order either one. Common Core correlations have been added and are available Here
Gardening for Grades includes information for teachers on how to plan, fund and teach language arts, math, science, social studies and other subject areas using a school garden. The book includes lessons that cover soil science, photosynthesis, the parts of a plant, children's garden literature and other concepts.
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