Teacher Resources

Keeping noise down on the farm materials
You know more than most people how loud farms and rural areas can be. You’ve got squealing pigs, grinding combines, whirring power tools and roaring vehicles. Without proper protection, all that noise can permanently damage tiny sensory cells in the inner ear, causing noise-induced hearing loss.

Check out the materials on the It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing campaign website: http://www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov/parents/Pages/KeepingItDownontheFarm.aspx. Contact Dana Lauren West, dwest@icfi.com or 240-747-4904, if you have any questions.

Leaf id app for iPhone or iPad
Simply upload a photo from your iPhone or iPad and the app will search its ever-expanding database of foliage images for a match. Browse the app's robust collection of more than 2,500 high-resolution leaf, bark, fruit and flower shots. http://leafsnap.com/.

Child hunger ends here
Nearly one in four children (more than 17 million U.S. children) goes hungry at some point throughout the year. Child Hunger Ends Here is on a mission to change that, and they are offering a free innovative project-based learning activity that engages students grades 7-12 in learning about and fighting child hunger.

The 10-step curriculum helps define what child hunger is and leads students through current national hunger prevention efforts. The students then engage in a child hunger-fighting initiative by organizing into teams to explore cause marketing and create their cause marketing plan. The campaign has two goals: to fight child hunger and educate the public on the food insecurity issue. The curriculum pulls together a variety of resources including hunger statistics from Feeding America and current programs such as Schools Fight Hunger.

Enrolled classrooms/groups receive classroom/group access to USA TODAY’s electronic edition for project research. Winning team members and teachers each receive an iPad 2 and a winning classroom receives a celebratory luncheon. Contest rules apply. Contest entries due December 13, 2011. Visit www.usatodayeducate.com/childhungerendshere to register your chapter. Finally, help us keep track of which FFA chapters are involved by entering code “FFA2011” after your school/chapter name in the online enrollment form.

SAE Builder
The materials are designed as instructional tools for teachers to implement innovative approaches to enhance supervised agricultural experience (SAE) projects in their local programs. Check out SAE Videos, SAE Curriculum, SAE Presentations & Guides and Teacher Resources.

Farm to School
The resources section of the USDA Farm to School website has been updated to include an extensive list of resources related to farm to school and school gardening. The resources are organized by topic area and include such topics as: farm to childcare, food safety, nutrition and agricultural education, procurement, resources for farmers, school gardens, training for food service staff and more. Visit h for a complete list.

National Corn Growers Association and BASF offer scholarships for college agriculture students
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and BASF Corporation will again award five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2012-13 school year. Applicants for the NCGA Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program must be entering at least their second undergraduate year or any year of graduate study, and they, or a parent or legal guardian, must be an NCGA member.

Scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before Dec. 9. Scholarship recipients will be selected in early 2012. Recipients and a parent or guardian will enjoy travel and lodging to attend a portion of the 2012 Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tenn., to be recognized at the NCGA Awards Banquet and have the opportunity to learn more about modern agriculture.

This marks the fifth year for the program partnership between BASF and NCGA. Click here for the complete rules and application packet.

Grants for school gardens
The following is a list of grants available specifically for school gardens or sites that list school garden grants on a continuing basis, courtesy of Dr. Teri Hamlin, Georgia agricultural education staff:

Grant Application Advice: Native Plant Gardens for Schools and Urban Areas Landis shares how to avoid basic pitfalls of the grant application process, especially grants with very specialized requirements for funding. Great advice for any garden project seeking funding.

American Academy of Dermatology's Shade Structure Program Grants in the amount of $8,000 each will be awarded to nonprofits or public schools to purchase permanent structures that provide shade and ultraviolet (UV) ray protection for outdoor areas.

American Honda Foundation Funding for youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.

America the Beautiful Free Seeds While supplies last; grants of free seeds to community groups striving to better our world through gardening. Nominal shipping charge applies.

Best Buy Community Grants Best Buy teams across the United States select non-profit organizations that provide positive experiences to help teens to excel in school and develop life and leadership skills. Non-profits located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store or Regional Distribution Center may apply. Grants will average $4,000-$6,000 and will not exceed $10,000.

Bing's Our School Needs Contest Bing, the search engine from Microsoft, is having a contest and wants to know what your school needs. The contest is a fun, interactive campaign designed to encourage students, teachers and administrators to come together for a united cause: improving schools. Bing will award a $250,000, divided among four schools - $50,000 to three first prize winners and one $100,000 grand prize winner.

Brita Filter For Good Eco Challenge Enter to win one of fifty $1,000 grants to make your school more sustainable. From kindergarten to college, students, teachers and schools are discovering new ways to make our planet more sustainable. From turning the energy created from a simple workout into electricity to power a campus building or creating a campus guide to finding organic and local foods, opportunities to create a greener school and community are limitless.

Captain Planet Foundation – due Dec 31. The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) annually funds projects involving children and young adults. Recipients of these awards are often schools and non-profits that propose projects promoting understanding of environmental issues. These projects must include children and young adults (aged 6-18) and focus on hands-on involvement, interaction and cooperation within the group, development of planning and problem solving skills, and adult supervision. Generally, the monetary sum of awarded grants is between $250-2,500.

Chefs Move to Schools Grants – due Dec 30. The Chefs Move to Schools Grant provides funds for culinary professionals to help our children eat right by teaching them about food, nutrition and cooking. Funds can be used from garden to table: Culinary professionals may seek funding for any program that promotes health and wellness in schools. For example, the grant may be used to plant a garden, teach a class, promote or create a wellness program for students or parents or assist in creating a school curriculum that focuses on healthy eating. In order to qualify the grant applicant must have the support of the school principal and, in some cases, additional school personnel.

Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFP) USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES)

Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant The Herb Society of America will select four classrooms to receive a $200 Donald Samull Classroom Grant to establish an outdoor herb garden. The funds may be used for soil, plant trays, containers, youth-sized tools and more. Eligible recipients include teachers of grades 3-6 who have at least 15 students in their class.

DoSomething.org Increase Your Green School Competition For projects that green a school -- from bricks-and-mortar and schoolyard improvements to implementing environmental education, performing civic action and achieving policy reform.

Earth Savers Club Grants Youth-led school, community, and faith-based groups with an environmental focus can sign up to become a partner of Greening Forward's Earth Savers Club Program. (It is free to become a partner.) Partners are granted access to a number of resources, including mini grants ($100-500), social activism training, mentorships, and the Earth Saver Award.

Environmental Excellence Awards

EPA Environmental Education Grants The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting grant applications for $1.9 million in funding for environmental education projects and programs that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers and citizens. EPA expects to award at least 20 grants nationwide ranging between $15,000 and $100,000.

Gardener's Supply Garden Crusader Awards Winners (no age limit) in the areas of garden education, feeding the hungry, urban renewal and restoration receive cash and supplies.

Green Prize in Public Education The National Environmental Education Foundation, with major support from the NEA Foundation and in partnership with EarthEcho International, will award $10,000 to a K-12 public school that has most successfully implemented an innovative, sustainable and replicable school-wide greening effort that has involved and benefitted its students. Two merit awards of $5,000 each will also be given to schools that demonstrate this kind of success.

Green Thumb Challenge Green Education Foundation and Gardener’s Supply Company are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $5,000 prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community.

Golden Carrot Awards The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is seeking nominations for its Golden Carrot Awards for outstanding school food service professionals who have developed and implemented a healthful and successful school lunch program. The grand prize winner will receive $1,500 and a $3,500 check made out to her or his school or school district. Up to four additional awards will be given, with $500 going to the food service professional and $500 to benefit the school food service program.

Subaru Healthy Sprouts Awards How can we expect the next generation to care for the environment if they feel disconnected from it and lack understanding about the impact of their actions on our health and food supply, both locally and globally? One solution: Get them in the garden! The grant award recognizes and supports youth gardening programs focused on teaching about our environment, nutrition and hunger issues in the United States.

Herb Society of America Grant for Educators – due Dec 31. The Grant for Educators challenges individuals, groups or small businesses to develop and deliver learning experiences to the public. The grant recognizes innovative projects that enhance herbal education in school systems, in communities or in any public forum (electronic or person-to-person). It requires learning goals and a mechanism to measure the educational outcomes.

Kroger Co. Foundation Feed-the-hungry programs in communities where Kroger employees live and work.

Love Your Veggies Grant The makers of Hidden Valley® Salad Dressings are now accepting applications for the 2009-10 Love Your Veggies™ grant program. With support from its partner the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), the grant program will once again seek to help schools provide innovative programs to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in the lunch room.

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grant Since 1992, Project Learning Tree (PLT) has helped fund nearly 1,000 GreenWorks! projects across the country. Elementary, middle, high school, and college students have planted trees, designed native plant gardens, restored streams and riparian habitats, constructed hiking trails, started composting projects, investigated alternative sources of energy, and more. GreenWorks! is PLT’s service-learning program that encourages students to take action to improve their school or neighborhood’s environment based on what they learn in the classroom. It blends community service with academic curriculum to link classroom learning to the real world. Students “learn by doing” through community action projects they design and implement to improve an aspect of their local environment.

The Quaker Go Project Awards for community-based projects that combat hunger.

Sodexo Youth Grants Youth Service America will award 25 Sodexo Youth Grants of $500 each to support youth-led service projects in the United States that address the issue of childhood hunger during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 13-20, 2011). We're looking for projects that engage your peers, friends, families, neighbors, Sodexo employees, and other community members in creative, youth-inspired solutions to ending childhood hunger in your community.

Target K-12 Outdoor Classroom Field Trip Grants Funds to give students the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. For the 2011-2012 school year, 5,000 grants of up to $800 each will be awarded for visits to art, science and cultural museum visits; community service and civic projects; and career enrichment opportunities.

TogetherGreen Invites Applications for Innovation Grants TogetherGreen, a program of the National Audubon Society and Toyota, is accepting applications for its Innovation Grants program, which provides support for creative and ambitious projects that engage diverse communities in finding innovative solutions to environmental challenges. Innovation Grants fund projects that conserve or restore habitat and protect species, improve water quality or quantity, and reduce the threat of global warming; engage new and diverse audiences in conservation actions; and inspire and use innovative approaches and technologies to engage people and achieve conservation results.

Toyota Tapestry Grants for Science Teachers Recognizing projects that provide an innovative approach and a hands-on learning environment for K–12 science.

Volvo Adventure with the United Nations Environment Program Rewarding environmental activities outside of the classroom. To enter, students must form a team of two to five members, ages 13 to 16 years, and perform an environmental project in their local communities.

Whole Kids Foundation School Grant Program – due Dec 31. Learning about the process of growing food helps children develop a deep understanding of the connection between healthy eating and a healthy body. School gardens offer an opportunity to integrate math, science and health curriculum into a dynamic, interactive setting. They also provide a base of knowledge that allows children to take an active role in healthy food choices.