Growing a Future

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2012: $1,960.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2013
Region: North Central
State: Illinois
Project Manager:
Dan Kenney
DeKalb County Community Gardens

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  • Education and Training: demonstration, mentoring, youth education, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: marketing management, farm-to-institution
  • Production Systems: organic agriculture
  • Soil Management: soil microbiology, organic matter, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: community planning, leadership development, local and regional food systems, partnerships, public participation, urban agriculture, community services, social capital

    Proposal abstract:

    Our project will use school/community gardens at five elementary schools and one middle school to teach responsibility, leadership, business planning, marketing, sustainable gardening, seed saving, composting, and social contribution. In addition to the skills learned from the project, our students will also earn money to keep the program going and to allow it to become financially sustainable as well. They will also be empowered by learning how through pursuing sustainable agricultural practices, they can benefit themselves while also benefitting others by giving produce to local food pantries.

    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.