Tulare County Farm Bureau Awards $8,000 in Garden Grants to Local Schools

Nov 20, 2012 No Comments by

TULARE, CA – Every year, Tulare County Farm Bureau’s education committee accepts applications from area schools that want to create or maintain gardens on their campuses. This fall, the education committee awarded grants to 22 schools throughout Tulare County.

Schools may apply for a $250 renewal grant if they have an existing garden, or for a $500 grant towards the creation of a new garden.  This year’s renewal grant recipients are: Bartlett Middle School in Visalia, Citrus South Tule Elementary in Porterville, Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center in Visalia, Harmony Magnet Academy in Strathmore, Hurley Elementary School in Visalia, Pleasant View Elementary in Poplar, Pleasant View School in Porterville, Redwood High School in Visalia, Royal Oaks School in Visalia, St. Paul’s School in Visalia, Strathmore Union Elementary in Strathmore, and VTEC High School in Visalia.

New garden grant recipients are: Courage to Change Ranch – Exeter High School District in Exeter, Garden Elementary in Tulare, Golden Oak School in Visalia, Highland Elementary in Visalia, Mineral King Elementary in Visalia, Roosevelt Elementary in Lindsay, Shannon Ranch Elementary in Visalia, Valley Life Charter School in Visalia, Vine Street Community Day School in Porterville, and Washington Intermediate School in Dinuba.

The schools were presented with their grants at Farm Bureau’s Superintendent’s Breakfast, which took place Thursday at the COS Business, Industry and Community Services Center in Tulare. Garden grant recipients also have an array of resources they can call on from the Tulare County Farm Bureau including garden workshops and plant giveaways held twice a year for Farm Bureau sponsored gardens.

At any time, teachers may request a visit from the “Beyond-the-Farm” trailer; resources from the California Foundation for Ag in the Classroom; and gardening advice from the Master Gardeners.

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James Olinger is a native of the San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from West Hills College in Coalinga, California in 2000 with an associate's degree in liberal arts. He joined Business Street in 2004 as a staff writer, and became the associate editor in 2007. He maintains that position today, writing for Business Street Online in a variety of topics.
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