November 2015 Issue
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Developed with the help of teachers, scientists, parent volunteers, and community leaders, Botany on Your Plate is a life science unit for grades K-4 that inspires children to explore the fascinating realm of edible plants. Each lesson begins with opportunities for students to taste different edible plant parts. This sparks curiosity, interesting questions, and social dialogue that helps fuel the learning process. Learn more.
Register now for the 2013 Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program. Each year, Bonnie trucks more than one million free oversized cross cabbage plants to 3rd Grade classrooms across the country to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people (these cabbages can grow upwards of 40 pounds). Teachers distribute 2” plants with instructions, provided by Bonnie, to students to carry home and grow. At the end of the growing season, teachers select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state scholarship drawing. The $1,000 education scholarship winners are randomly selected by each state’s Director of Agriculture.
For six years, The Home Depot Garden Club has provided over $400,000 in support to youth garden programs across the country through the Youth Garden Grant. One hundred outstanding applicants will receive gift cards to the Home Depot along with NGA curriculum. Five winners will receive a $1,000 award that includes a $500 gift certificate to the Home Depot, a $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids catalog, and an NGA curriculum package. All non-profit youth garden programs are eligible to apply. Apply online!
For the third year, The Muhammad Ali Center in partnership with Yum! Brands Foundation is providing support to youth garden programs across the world through the Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant. 50 outstanding applicants will receive $500 garden packages including an NGA curriculum package. International applicants are encouraged to apply. Schools within the United States must have a student body eligible for 50% or more reduced or free lunches. Apply online!
Mantis presents the Mantis Awards to charitable and educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life in communities. Winners are selected by the NGA and receive Mantis tiller/cultivators. All nonprofit garden programs are eligible to apply. Apply online!
The School Garden Grant Program is a collaboration between Whole Kids Foundation and FoodCorps. To be eligible for the $2,000 (US$) School Garden Grant, an applicant must be a nonprofit K-‐12 school (public, private or charter -‐ elementary, middle, or secondary) and/or a 501(c)(3) organization that is developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds that will engage children with fresh fruits and vegetables. Apply online.
Grants for Gardens awards can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies. Visit the Annie's Website for more details and to apply online.
The American Academy of Dermatology's (Academy) shade structure grant program awards grants to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. Learn more.
Through the Sip to Support a Garden program, sponsored by Jamba Juice, schools and community gardens can earn credits that can be applied toward the purchase of essential gardening equipment suitable for any age from the National Gardening Association’s Gardening with Kids catalog. Participation is easy: Sign up your school or garden organization online. Your organization will receive a Jamba-Kit that includes program details—and start swiping. Each time a supporter uses the swipe card for purchases, Jamba will donate 10% of the purchase to NGA for your purchasing account. Sign up your school and Sip to Support online.
This program gives schools and nonprofits a "healthy" option for fundraising — selling bulbs that will bloom into stunning floral displays. Flower Power has carefully selected easy-to-plant, easy-to-grow bulbs from among its most popular and best-selling varieties, ensuring a successful, appealing fundraising campaign. Your organization makes a profit of 50% on every sale and you get to keep your profit immediately. To help keep your profits high, Flower Power will ship your order free of charge, saving you up to an additional 10%. And unlike other fundraising programs, there are no confusing discount strategies or minimum order requirement to qualify. All bulbs purchased through this fundraising program come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Learn more.
Seed Savers Exchange offers a fundraising program for schools and nonprofit organizations. Programs earn 40% of what is sold.
This one-day workshop, taught by Monterey Bay Science Project director Joyce Hill at the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Farm, is designed for 4th-8th grade teachers of English Learners. Science content and process skills provide an excellent opportunity for students to develop their English language skills. Using science lessons based on current grade level standards, we will discuss effective strategies for creating reading, writing, listening and speaking opportunities for your students. Register at http://www.lifelab.org/for-educators/workshops/gcworkshops/.