WATCH: Students cultivate vegetables, pride

PROSPERITY, S.C. (WOLO) – South Carolina wants its children to get back to their roots, by getting their hands in the dirt. The South Carolina Farm to School program is accepting applications through May 6 for the next wave of funding. They’re looking to fund at least ten schools.

The program is part of the larger Farm to Institution organization, a collaboration among the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), the SC Department of Agriculture (SCDA), the SC Department of Education (SCDE), the SC Department of Social Services (SCDSS) and Clemson University..

Participating schools have to serve at least two fruits and veggies from local sources each month, promote Certified South Carolina Grown produce, incorporate nutrition and agriculture education into their curriculum and maintain an edible garden. Funds can be applied toward activities related to the development of farm to school programs as a strategy to promote healthy school environments.

The folks at Prosperity-Rikard Elementary School in Prosperity are in their second year of the program. Teachers, kids and their families have embraced it with open arms, continuing to tend their garden and work agriculture into their curriculum, even when they’re not in the program. Watch the video to learn more about how this school is teaching sustainable eating.

The Farm to School program started back in 2011. If you’re interested in getting your school enrolled in this next wave of funding, the application deadline is Friday May 6 by 5 p.m.

Interested schools can view a technical assistance webinar, available on the S.C. Farm to School website.  Prospective applicants can view the request for proposals through the same link.

For more information, contact:

Amy London

Grants Coordinator

(803) 734-7209

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