IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 1, 2018 Contact:
PO Box 330
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0330
P: (609) 633-2954
C: (609) 433-1785
Feb. 1, 2018
(TRENTON) – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today announced $10,000 in competitive mini grants have been awarded to nine schools to develop Farm To School activities in New Jersey schools.
The selected schools currently participate and administer, in good standing, the US Department of Agriculture National School Lunch Program and provided an explanation of how they will utilize the funds for Farm To School activities:
- Elms Elementary School in Jackson, Ocean County -- support their school garden preschool program.
- Lakeside Middle School in Millville, Cumberland County -- connect science classes to a new school garden and connect to local agricultural organizations.
- Washington Avenue School in Pleasantville, Atlantic County -- enhance their school garden program with a “Make a Salad Day” and nutrition education lessons.
- Hamilton Primary School in Bridgewater, Somerset County -- enhance their school garden program with professional development for teachers and increased access to their “farmer in residence” educator.
- Passaic Valley Regional High School in Little Falls, Passaic County -- reboot an existing garden space to connect to culinary classes, outside organizations, and to enhance their school’s healthy juice bar.
- Sharon Elementary School in Robbinsville, Mercer County -- take students to visit a local indoor growing farm located on municipal property to learn about agriculture science and indoor growing.
- Newark Educators Community Charter School in Newark, Essex County -- enhance their rooftop garden and create more local produce taste test opportunities for classroom instruction.
- Pace Charter School in Hamilton, Mercer County – take students on a farm field trip to a local farm.
- Canfield Avenue School in Minehill Township, Morris County – take students to a local farm to reinforce agricultural education curriculum at the school.
Funds have been made available through legislation signed into law in 2014, which allows contributions to the New Jersey Farm To School Program through the Farm To School and School Garden Fund tax check-off. Additional legislation signed in 2014 created the Farm To School Donor Fund, making it possible for private donations to enhance and expand Farm To School activities in the state.
Click here for more information on mini grants, and visit www.farmtoschool.nj.gov for information about the New Jersey Farm to School Program.
To learn more about the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NJDeptofAgriculture and www.facebook.com/JerseyFreshOfficial or Twitter @NJDA1 and @JerseyFreshNJDA.