NFL School Garden Award
The winner of the 2017 NFL School Garden Award is Eston Composite School in Eston, Saskatchewan. Congratulations!
Nutrients for Life, a proud partner of Communities in Bloom, is offering a $500 grant to support a local school garden to all Canadian communities registered (all editions) in the Communities in Bloom program.
The NFL School Garden Grant will support schools with a one-time funding amount of $500 to establish or enhance school gardens at K-12 schools across Canada. Funds may be used to:
- Purchase construction materials, seeds, tools, and other supplies to establish or develop a school garden.
Nutrients for Life Foundation Canada was launched in 2008 to inform the public of the role of nutrients in both the production of abundant, nutritious food and the preservation of healthy green spaces. The Foundation supports public education to ensure plant nutrients are responsibly applied to meet society’s need for safe, wholesome food, while protecting the environment and retaining natural areas for wildlife. Nutrients for Life has committed to fund school gardens in order to help connect youth to modern agriculture and agricultural practices, and provide them with an understanding of where our food comes from.
Further, to help inspire the development of creative, hands-on educational activities related to your school garden, Nutrients for Life has put together a curriculum resource – Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century – which focuses on understanding the science of plant biology and how it relates to food production. The six lessons contained within also explore the scientific, social, and environmental issues that relate to modern agricultural practices that will help sustain food production for the earth’s growing population.
Nutrients for Life has also created a guide to help schools develop their gardens – Nutrients for Life Learning Garden: A Guide for Educators in Canada. The guide includes ideas that can assist you in the construction of a garden and tips on harvest, sample lesson plans, and considerations for engaging the community.
Information on the 2018 program will be available shortly.
(deadline: August 15th, 2018)