Expanded Community Farm Visit Program for Youth

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2024: $5,960.00
Projected End Date: 02/15/2026
Grant Recipient: Sola Gratia Farm
Region: North Central
State: Illinois
Project Manager:
Traci Barkley
Sola Gratia Farm


No commodities identified


No practices identified

Proposal abstract:

Sola Gratia Farm (SGF), a
nonprofit, sustainable farm, regularly offers educational farm
tours to local school and youth groups. The farm will expand the
content of these visits for older students with hands-on
activities to provide deeper understanding of sustainable
agricultural practices such as organic plant start production,
crop diversity and rotation, and soil health and preservation for
long-term land use and viability. The farm will also develop a
new segment of farm visits that explores both career
opportunities and food sovereignty to give youth a stronger
understanding of the farm and our partners’ work.

Project objectives from proposal:

  1. Design expanded and enhanced
    sustainable agriculture education opportunities, including farm
    field trips and hands-on agriculture education activities, for
    youth in local schools and youth programs;
  2. Provide localized and relevant
    agriculture experience and career awareness opportunities to
    40+ local youth, especially those already interested in
    sustainable agriculture;
  3. Develop age-appropriate,
    interactive and replicable educational materials to be featured
    on SGF’s learning farm.
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