The Soil Quilt Storybook as a Tool in Elementary Education

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2024: $5,997.00
Projected End Date: 02/15/2026
Grant Recipient: South Dakota Soil Health Coalition
Region: North Central
State: South Dakota
Project Manager:
Cindy Zenk
South Dakota Soil Health Coalition


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Proposal abstract:

The SDSHC has coordinated the creation of a storybook titled “The
Soil Quilt”, developed to introduce children to soil health
practices and ways to increase sustainability. There is a
documented need for accurate agricultural educational materials
like this and, if funded, this project will greatly amplify its
impact. Books have been distributed to elementary libraries for
students across the state with continuing education and training
provided to teachers interested in utilizing them in their
classrooms. Additionally, virtual or in person read along events
will be hosted by farmers/ranchers accompanied by conservation
professionals, allowing students to learn about various career

Project objectives from proposal:

By distributing the storybook to elementary schools in South
Dakota and informing educators and parents, SDSHC will accomplish
the following objectives:

  1. Increase the number of elementary age youth who are exposed
    to and familiar with soil health and sustainable agricultural
  2. Increase the knowledge of educators that can then incorporate
    these concepts into future class curriculum, enduring beyond the
  3. Increase exposure to industry related careers through
    interactions with farmers/ranchers and conservation
  4. Increase the conservation mindset of youth who will be future
    leaders and contributors in South Dakota communities.
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