RI FARM TO SCHOOL GRANT PROGRAM 2021

Congratulations to the 4 outstanding grantees awarded June 7, 2021!

Thank you to all who submitted an application. There were many outstanding projects and we wish we could have supported them all.

2021 Grantees:

Blue Wave Garden | Hope High School | Providence

This project will create a handicap accessible garden on Hope High School grounds with nearby seating for an outdoor classroom. It will introduce Providence students to the entire Farm to School cycle, from garden planning, building, growing, cooking and providing food to the community.   It is part of Sodexo’s initiative to bring nutrition education to the cafeteria and beyond.  

School Gardens | North Scituate, Clayville and Hope Elementary Schools | Scituate

Scituate High School students have built and installed a small number of raised beds at Scituate’s three elementary schools over the years and conducted outreach to various classes to engage them in growing a variety of plants. This grant will fund a much-needed small tool shed, watering cans, hand tools and combination locks for each of the three schools. 

Tower Garden | North Smithfield Middle School | North Smithfield

Grant funds will be used to purchase a Tower Garden, an aeroponic growing system, for a classroom of middle school special needs students. It will give them hands-on experience with plant life. Through caring for the plants, harvesting, and packaging and labeling the harvest, students will practice and improve their fine motor skills, learn new job skills, improve speech skills by developing new vocabulary, and improve gross motor skills. 

School Garden Program | Segue Institute for Learning | Providence

Segue students, with the support of Segue staff, will design and build raised garden beds at their school, as well as a construct a rain barrel for a green watering system. Goals for this project include students observing, learning and enjoying the school’s first and only green space, as well as educating students and members of the community about such issues as food insecurity and racial injustice in environmentalism.

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