Progress report for YENC22-179

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2022: $5,190.00
Projected End Date: 01/15/2024
Grant Recipient: Riverview Community School District
Region: North Central
State: Michigan
Project Manager:
Marci Heulitt
Riverview Community School District
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Project Information


This project educates youth on the 3 pillars of sustainable agriculture practices and careers by: 1) teaching environmental stewardship through creating a garden bed and using a curriculum, provided by the MSU 4-H program for Junior Master Gardners,   2) teaching profit over the long term by creating a "farm market" to sell the vegetables the students grew in the garden for the community, and 3) developing an understanding of the quality of life for farmers we will have a farmer present to the students, and the students will have direct experience working in agriculture by working in the garden. 

Project Objectives:
  • To learn where their food comes,
  • To connect with the land, 
  • To learn the larger cycle of the food system from farm to table to table to compost to garden,
  • To understand the relationship between food, cost, and the larger society,
  • To learn how to share resources of food with others,
  • To learn sustainability as the garden will be there every year, and the soil, and plants will grow and we will harvest every year and share with the community,
  • To learn the connection between soil, water, environmental conditions, 
  • To learn career pathways through direct experience, and develop passion

Educational & Outreach Activities

Participation Summary:

Education/outreach description:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the project will have a delayed start and will begin in Spring 2023.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.