Teacher Resources

Win a School Garden Annie’s offers grants to school gardens that connect children directly to real food. These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies. If you would like to apply, read the complete guidelines and fill out the online application.

Sprout Robot tells students when to plant and will even send them seeds. The easy-to-use website utilizes zip codes to help students determine plants suitable for their climate zone and when to plant them. They can even create a personalized planting calendar.

First the Seed Foundation, an organization established to conduct education and outreach on the value of crops and food produced from seeds, is offering The Grow: Career Handbook to educators for free as a tool for promoting careers associated with the seed industry. The site also has a wealth of student activities, teaching resources and an opportunity to become a seed industry ambassador.

Awesome Food Grant Each month, Awesome Food will give a micro-grant in the amount of $1,000 to one applicant to help them pull off an awesome idea involving food. The ideas must relate to food in some form, and the definition will be more inclusive than exclusive. Check out the application at here. Anyone is eligible to apply: for profit, nonprofit, individuals, companies, schools, adults and children. Applications are reviewed as they are received. One grant is awarded each month. Deadline: Ongoing.

Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program Grants, up to $5,000, are available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools or tax-exempt public service agencies in the United States that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials or services. The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program will accept proposals for grants from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1, 2012.

National Education Foundation Achievement Grant The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants are provided to improve students' academic achievement by engaging them in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work also should improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning and critical reflection. The maximum award is $5,000. Practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, and faculty and staff members at public institutions of higher education are eligible. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software or scholars-in-residence. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students. Applications are reviewed three times per year: February 1, June 6 and Oct. 15.

Digital Wish Grants Digital Wish offers 43 different grants for digital camera hardware and software for your classroom. To apply, register your classroom at Digital Wish. You will be automatically entered to win a myriad of different technology grants, plus your class story will be publicly posted so that potential donors can make a contribution to your classroom. Then, login and enter a lesson plan. Every lesson plan you enter will be automatically added to your class profile. All teachers who submit a lesson plan on Digital Wish will be automatically entered to win a Mobile Digital Camera Lab plus as many as 43 technology grants. Grants will be awarded on the 28th of every calendar month.

Plum $500 Youth Grants Are you a social entrepreneur, age 25 or younger (at time of application), who wants to see BIG change in the world? Did you recently create a sustainable project, program or organization? Do you need $500 to further the growth and success of your program? If you answered, "YES!" to all those questions, you are eligible to apply for a Plum Youth Grant.

4imprint In-Kind Grants One by one® is 4imprint's way of giving back and making sure that every day they do something--even it's just one thing--to help make the world a better place. It's a program that reflects 4imprint's culture and philosophy. A culture that recognizes that each one of us has a special contribution to make and a philosophy that success is rarely built through bold moves and broad strokes. It's achieved through many small successes each layered one over the other. Each business day 4imprint gives a worthy organization $500 in promotional products to spread the word, recruit volunteers, thank donors, offer comfort to someone in need or, in some other way, turn one thing into something much more. If you are employed by or serve on the board of directors of a 501(c)3 charity, religious organization, or accredited school and are working hard to make a difference in your community, let 4imprint help.

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation's Fruit Tree Orchard Grant is an award-winning international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil and water. FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as community gardens, public schools, city/state parks, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites and animal sanctuaries. Recipients must be nonprofits, public schools, or government entities that 1) own the planting site (or have long-term arrangements to remain at the planting site), 2) are committed to caring for the trees in perpetuity, 3) have a source of irrigation nearby, 4) and can help coordinate local volunteers to join us on the day of planting. FOR SCHOOLS ONLY: Our “Fruit Tree 101” program creates outdoor edible orchard classrooms at public schools. For more information about “Fruit Tree 101,” including photos and media articles, visit www.ftpf.org/fruittree101.htm. If interested in an FTPF orchard grant, complete the application.

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is a comprehensive grassroots public health effort to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state and national level to support salad bars in schools. Our vision is to significantly increase salad bars in schools across the country until every child has the choice of healthy fruits and vegetables every day at school. The goal of Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools is to fund and award 6,000 salad bars by the end of 2013. Visit the website to learn more about how to get support for bringing a salad bar to a school in your community.

Donors Choose allows public school teachers to post requests that will directly benefit students. The process and rules are pretty straightforward. Teachers complete a one-page application online. Concerned individuals (Donors Choose calls them Citizen Philanthropists) select projects to fund.

National Schoolyard Birding Competition is a monthly bird-watching contest open to students in all public and private schools in North America. Submit your entries online by clicking on your region (Eastern or Western) at the lower right of the main page. Student participants in the NSBC will work together to observe, identify and record various bird species found on their school grounds in a single month. Teams compete for prizes each month and will be entered to win monthly drawings (PreK-4th; 5th-8th; and 9th-12th grade). The overall winner for each monthly challenge will receive an autographed copy of the Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America in addition to their division's prizes!

Apps, apps and more apps

iCropTrak. Named a Top 10 New Product Award winner for 2012 at the World Ag Expo, the iCropTrak is a multi-user software solution that runs in the field with or without Internet connectivity. It allows users to take advantage of geographic data, the GPS technology in the iPad, the larger screen size and touch interaction. iCropTrak gives users an opportunity to deploy data collection templates for functions as diverse as food safety inspections, field spray management, employee timesheets and more. *(iPad)*

JD Link. This equipment management app from John Deere is a telematics system designed to remotely connect owners and managers to their equipment, providing alerts and machine information including location, utilization, performance and maintenance data to manage where and how equipment is being used. *(iPhone, iPad)*

Mix Tank from Precision Laboratories. Assists users in determining the mixing sequence for pesticides, adjuvants and foliar products. (*iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad*)

Mobile Ag Tank Mix Calculator from Marrone Bio Innovations. Helps growers and applicators quickly calculate the proper ratios of up to any three products to be mixed together in the spray tank. (*iPhone, iPod Touch*)

NPIPM Soybean Guide. Provides current management options for insect and other arthropod pests affecting soybeans grown in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Kansas. (*iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad*)

Nutrient Removal. The Mosaic Co.’s new app provides growers and retailers with valuable nutrient removal data in support of higher yields. Utilizing years of agronomic research, the Nutrient Removal app is a next-generation take on the data previously seen in the "Balanced Crop Nutrition" guide. The app also allows users to test potential yields, generating results that are crop- and region-specific. *(iPhone, iPad, Droid)*

PrecisionEarth. The PrecisionEarth soil sampling app makes it easier to collect grower, field and soil sampling data. The app uses only open standards so the data you load and the data you export will work with your current GIS, web and desktop applications seamlessly. Users can load and display directed sampling layers and boundary vectors, export soil sampling location and display background maps. *(iPhone, iPad)*

PureSense Irrigation Manager. Allows users to monitor their real-time field conditions and irrigation activity from their phones. (*Android, iPhone*)

Soil Test Pro. Developed by TapLogic, this GPS-enabled app makes soil sampling for the farm easier than ever. Features include unlimited access to FarmLogic's precision ag specialists, aerial imagery of all maps, and test results in five to seven days. *(Android, iPhone, iPad)*