Great horticulture resource page
Parks Wholesale Plants has an FFA support page with information on growing plants in the school greenhouse, magazine articles, podcasts and links to vital resources all over the Internet. They even have links to specific horticulture scholarships.
Americorps opportunity perfect for graduating students
FoodCorps, a national organization that works to address food issues in underserved communities, has called for applications for its second annual class of service members. The organization will be hiring up to one hundred people for positions in 12 states across the country. The 2012 corps will work full-time for one year in school food systems, expanding hands-on nutrition education programs, building and tending school gardens, and sourcing fresh, healthy, local food for school cafeterias.
Grants for college students or organic farming
Raising Organic Family Farms (ROFF) recently announced a second round of grants and scholarships for organic farmers and agriculture students. The application period began on Jan. 16 and will run until March 16. In total, ROFF will be giving away $25,000 this winter in small grants and scholarships to selected organic farmers and students.
The National Farm to School Network is offering a “Lunch Bites” webinar series that is designed to be short but loaded with crisp snippets of information related to Farm to School programs and partnerships. Featuring 20-minute presentations, followed by a short Q & A session, presenters will stand by to answer additional questions if needed. Mark your calendars -- "Lunch Bites" is on at 1 p.m. EST on the second Tuesday of every month. Register for a future webinar and check out recordings and resources from past webinars.
State-by-state gardening e-newsletter
State-by-state gardening offers electronic, regional newsletters covering a whole host of horticulture subjects. A great resource for technical reading, literacy practices and growing techniques. Check out the February issue.
How it’s made
These are mini-episodes of “How It’s Made.” There are short videos on cocoa beans, beet sugar, augers, hot dogs and faucets. Great for interest approaches or extended learning activities.
History, the dollar and agriculture
A lesson from Ag in Montana Schools, a great resource for helping students see the big picture of agriculture’s influence. Read the lesson plan here and think about adapting it for your classroom.
Four 2012 agricultural trends
The Farm Credit Producing Excellence Program reveals top trends include consumers reconnecting with producers, local food movement, increasing the number of women leaders in agriculture and careers in agriculture.
National Ground Water Awareness Week
It is an essential resource worth preserving and protecting for current and future human and environmental needs. There’s no better time to educate future farmers and consumers about this liquid gold than during National Ground Water Awareness Week, March 11-17. Aside from the inherent value of FFA members learning how to be good groundwater and water well stewards, FFA members can be leaders in educating the public about the vital resource of groundwater.
Most people don’t know that:
- 99 percent of all available freshwater is groundwater.
- Groundwater helps supply rivers, lakes and streams.
- About 44 percent of America’s population relies on groundwater in whole or part.
- Modern, drilled wells are expertly engineered systems that can deliver a reliable water supply.
- Improperly abandoned wells can serve as conduits for surface water contamination into an aquifer.
As the future leaders of American agriculture, FFA members can learn more about groundwater and water well stewardship at the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) websites, www.ngwa.org and www.wellowner.org. NGWA also has a website called Ground Water Adventurers (www.groundwateradventurers.org) with links to groundwater content for students K-12. FFA advisers can address questions to NGWA Public Awareness Director Cliff Treyens at 800-551-7379, 614-898-7791 (ext. 554) or firstname.lastname@example.org.