Murray Middle School's Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Grant Proposal - Soil to Table with Cultural Relevance

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2019: $2,900.00
Projected End Date: 02/28/2021
Grant Recipient: Murray Middle School
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Manager:
Timothy Chase
Murray Middle School


Not commodity specific


  • Crop Production: seed saving
  • Education and Training: youth education
  • Soil Management: composting
  • Sustainable Communities: employment opportunities, sustainability measures, urban agriculture

    Proposal abstract:

    We are requesting funding for transportation to our partner farm, the Oliver Kelley Farm, and school forests Belwin, Wolf Ridge, and CWOC, were students will learn how agriculture touches lives as changes take place in agriculture, by working in the fields, farmyards, and forests. By understand the role Minnesota will play to make sure there is enough food and resources in the future, students will examine topics of changing farming methods and careers.

    At school, students will use sustainable practices to plant, harvest, maintain quality soil, and serve produce from the school garden and orchard to the school and beyond.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    - Increase sustainable farming skills through experiences at our partner farm and reinforced by farming at school in garden and orchard.

    - Increase sustainable forestry understanding through observation, work on forest survey, species inventory of resources, and biome surveys.

     - Students will use the student-built raised beds and the student planted apple and pear trees, to work with sustainable agriculture practices through the seasons, starting with planting, crop rotation, composting, and seed collection for the next season.

    - Students will learn of sustainable agricultural career opportunities and culturally relevant sustainable agriculture practices through meetings with farmers, foresters, and chefs.

    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.