Meet Sierra Madre Elementary School & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Since 2014, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund has partnered with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom to administer the Look at Agriculture…Organically! grant program for K-8 teachers who teach their students about organic in the classroom. Each week, visit our blog to hear from the teachers who received Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund grants for their schools about the projects they funded.

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Sierra Madre Elementary School
Sierra Madre, California

Students created an organic enriched garden studying soil composition and composting methods. They collected scraps from the cafeteria to compost into rich soil. In addition, they incorporated other organic material to enrich the soil organically. Students also learned the importance of giving back to the environment and creating healthy environments.

This program supported healthy eating by learning good nutrition habits. For 51 percent of the children, this was the first time they worked with soil and understood that dirt is not soil, but a composition of organic matter filled with nutrients and minerals.

Students gained an appreciation of how plants grow and the importance of taking care of the soil to meet the need of the plants. In addition, students learned the importance of how the water cycle, weather conditions, and pest control all affect the growth rates of plants. They also learned that you do not have to use chemicals to control weeds or provide plant food when you can get it organically through composting and worm farming.

Thank you to Sierra Madre Elementary School for sharing your organic project!

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