This grant proposal seeks to jump start a garden education program at Jefferson Middle School in Madison, WI and networked production gardens between Jefferson and the “sibling elementary schools” in Jefferson’s attendance area. The education program will provide students with classroom, hands-on and community-based learning about sustainable agriculture, food businesses and social/environmental issues related to food security and food production. Student farmers will plan and maintain the networked gardens with the purpose of preparing a community meal for incoming students in the fall. These funds will support initial staffing and community food field trips for the program.
Project objectives from proposal:
- Introduce youth to civic action through research on food security initiatives and planning, preparing and documenting a garden grown community meal
- Introduce youth to practice of gardening through design, development and maintenance of networked production gardens
- Provide students with background on sustainable agriculture, food businesses and social/environmental/food issues present in the Madison, WI area
- Introduce youth to sustainable ag careers through field trips to local food businesses, farms and urban gardens
- Host a community meal supported by networked production gardens
- Share project results through a community presentation in October 2019