Incorporating Lessons in Sustainable Agriculture from Farm Field Trips into K-8 School Gardens in Low-Income Neighborhoods

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2024: $6,000.00
Projected End Date: 02/15/2026
Grant Recipient: Children First: CEO Kansas
Region: North Central
State: Kansas
Project Manager:
Michael Webb
Children First: CEO Kansas
Project Co-Managers:
Kathleen Webb
Children First CEO Kansas Inc.


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Proposal abstract:

Children 1st has long-standing partnerships with
several farms in the Wichita area.  Starting in the Spring
2024 semester, our K-8 students will visit these farms on field
trips, interview the farmers, and learn sustainable farming
techniques they can replicate in their school gardens.  The
students will also organize a science fair to present the lessons
they’ve learned to the public, and lead tours of their school
garden.  Planned activities will focus on pollinators and
beneficial insects, permaculture, sustainable energy,
vermiculture, value-added products, and agribusiness careers.

Project objectives from proposal:

  • 100 low-income students from four K-8 Wichita schools will
    visit three or more local farms to learn sustainable farming
  • Four schools hosting C1st Education Gardens will
    incorporate lessons learned (e.g. permaculture, pollinators,
    vermiculture) from field trips.
  • One or more guest speakers will come to each C1st
    school with an Education Garden and talk about sustainable
    agriculture and careers in agribusiness.
  • Two science fairs at All Saints School.
  • Ten or more nutritious recipes (e.g. salsa, smoothies, pizza)
    developed by students using produce from the Education Gardens to
    introduce the concept of Value-Added agribusiness.  
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