Urban Agriculture Education through Community Garden

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2024: $5,990.00
Projected End Date: 02/15/2026
Grant Recipient: Freeport High School
Region: North Central
State: Illinois
Project Manager:
Ben Skipor
Freeport High School


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Proposal abstract:

Through the development of a community garden, we will showcase
Sustainable Agriculture through a lens of Urban Agriculture.
Students will be at the center of designing and maintaining the
community garden that will be located in a food desert within our
city. Students will learn how Urban Agriculture and Sustainable
Agriculture work hand-in-hand through reduced food miles,
composting, biodiversity and green spaces, water conservation,
and the social benefits of urban agriculture. 

Project objectives from proposal:

  1. Design and develop an urban farm/community garden that uses
    sustainable farming practices and produces at least 500 pounds of
    fruits and vegetables during the first growing season. 
  2. Increase sustainable farming skills of 100 high school
    students through hands-on work sessions in an urban farm
  3. Students and educators present project results at a city
    council meeting, school board meeting, and through social
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