2014 CFEL children’s garden mini-grants awarded

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — Twelve youth and school gardens from across South Dakota received funding this spring to launch or enhance garden programs through $125 mini-grants provided by the Community and Family Extension Leaders.

SDSU Extension and the South Dakota 4-H Foundation administer the funds which support these projects. The gardens can use the funds to purchase seeds, plants or small garden equipment or utilize the award to purchase programming materials.

Garden programs must have an SDSU Extension partner, such as a Master Gardner, a county 4-H Youth Program Advisor or Food and Nutrition Program/Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program assistant. They must provide programming to a school-age group, K-12, incorporate hands-on learning experiences for a 4-12 week period, and incorporate plant science and nutrition education topics.

This year’s awardees include: 4-H Youth Community Garden, Meade County 4-H, Sturgis; Andes Central Afterschool Program & Charles Mix Co. 4-H, Lake Andes; Christian Center Daycare, Sioux Falls; Harding County School District & Harding Country 4-H, Buffalo; Lemmon Jr. Master Gardeners, Lemmon; Lutheran Social Services of S.D.- New Beginnings Center, Aberdeen; M & M Day Care & Jungle After School Program, Huron; North Rapid Community Schools, Rapid City; Rosebud Juvenile Detention Center, White River; S.D. Discovery Center, Pierre; Wall Afterschool Program-WASP; Wounded Knee School District, Manderson.

For more information on this program, contact Chris Zdorovtsov, SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist at 605-782-3290 or via email at Christina.Zdorovtsov@sdstate.edu.