Florida Ag in the Classroom, Inc. Awards Volunteer Grants

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida Ag in the Classroom Inc. (FAITC) awarded volunteers more than $50,000 in grants to implement agricultural-based education programs in Florida communities.

The grant monies awarded are being used to develop programs that promote the importance of Florida agriculture and its significance to the state’s economy and environment.

Some of the 52 funded programs include teaching ethics in youth livestock projects, creating elementary school gardens, exploring the impact of agriculture on daily life and increasing awareness of agriculture industries in Florida.

Learning Through Growing/I Can Grow Inc., one of the projects funded this year, focuses on providing agricultural education and employment opportunities for developmentally disabled youth in Jackson County.

Submitted grant proposals were judged based on student impact, innovation, creativity and the ability to increase student knowledge and awareness of agriculture.

“The goals outlined by these grants are exciting and dynamic,” said Sarah Joe Cannon, FAITC Educational Program Coordinator.  “We look forward to the impact these volunteers will have on creating agricultural thinkers.”

FAITC was established in 1986 as a non-profit organization that operates solely on the proceeds from the Florida agricultural license plate.  The mission of FAITC is to develop an understanding of our multi-faceted agricultural system and its relationship to our economy, environment, health and quality of life.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
CHARLES H. BRONSON, Commissioner