Project Overview

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

Information Products



  • Vegetables: onions, peppers, tomatoes
  • Additional Plants: herbs


  • Education and Training: decision support system, demonstration, display, focus group, mentoring, networking, study circle, workshop, youth education
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, community-supported agriculture, farmers' markets/farm stands
  • Soil Management: composting
  • Sustainable Communities: analysis of personal/family life, community development, community services, food hubs, leadership development, partnerships, public participation, quality of life, social networks, social psychological indicators

    Proposal abstract:

    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 from proposal:

    • 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
    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.