Look at Agriculture…Organically! Applications Now Available

$1,000 Grants to Support Organic K-8 Classroom Projects

(April 1, 2016) Santa Cruz, CA – The CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) Foundation, in collaboration with their partner, the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC), is pleased to announce the opening of the 2016 Look at Agriculture…Organically! grant applications. At least 22 K-8 teachers will be awarded $1,000 grants for organic classroom projects nationwide through a partnership with CFAITC.

This is the third year the CCOF Foundation and CFAITC will offer Look at Agriculture…Organically! grants. Twenty-four schools were awarded grants in 2016, 15 of which were awarded to schools where at least 50 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches. Classroom projects covered the gamut of organic themes, from organic livestock rearing, to vermiculture, to organic orchard management and care. Teachers brought in organic farmers as guest speakers, taught students about rotational grazing, and helped students preserve organic food to share with a local youth center.

“We are proud to support teachers who provide opportunities for students to learn more about USDA certified organic—what it means and how organic food is produced,” said Cathy Calfo, Executive Director/CEO of CCOF. The Look at Agriculture…Organically! grants are a part of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund (FOFGF), an initiative that provides grants to students of all ages learning about organic agriculture.

“It is important to develop an appreciation for agriculture and teach students where their food and fiber come from. We are excited to continue this partnership with CCOF and provide our nation’s educators with this opportunity,” added CFAITC Executive Director Judy Culbertson.

Applications for the Look at Agriculture…Organically! grants for K-8 teachers will be available starting April 1, 2016, and will remain open until May 15, 2016. Certified kindergarten through eighth grade teachers throughout the nation are eligible to apply.

Grants awarded through the FOFGF are made possible by the generous contributions of CCOF, the UNFI Foundation, the CCOF Processor/Handler Chapter, the Clif Bar Family Foundation, Duncan Family Farms, Forager Project, Frontier Co-Op, Green Ox Pallets, Independent Natural Food Retailers Association, National Co+op Grocers, Organic Valley and SunRidge Farms.

For more information about applying for a Look at Agriculture…Organically! grant, please visit http://www.learnaboutag.org/grants/organic.cfm.

To learn more about the FOFGF or contribute and become a partner, visit www.ccof.org/foundation/fofgf.

About CCOF
CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1973 that advances organic agriculture for a healthy world through organic certification, education, advocacy, and promotion. CCOF is based in Santa Cruz, California, and represents more than 2,900 certified organic members in 42 states and three countries.

The CCOF Foundation is a 501(c)(3) working to increase the supply of organic in the United States through education and hardship grants, technical assistance to organic and prospective organic producers, and consumer education. For further information on CCOF visit: www.ccof.org.

About the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
The mission of the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC) is to increase awareness and understanding of agriculture among California's educators and students. The Foundation’s vision is an appreciation of agriculture by all. CFAITC develops accurate, teacher-tested and scientifically sound classroom materials to enhance the educational experience of K-12 students in any learning environment, provides programs and training opportunities to explore the sources of our food and other agricultural products, creates awareness in classrooms and communities about the significance of agriculture in our everyday lives, partners with like-minded organizations to share its appreciation of agriculture with a broad audience, recognizes teachers and students who work as advocates of agricultural literacy, and supports the pursuit of agricultural careers and continuing education.

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Author: 
Robin Boyle, CCOF Director of Marketing and Sales
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