Teacher Award and Grants

Agriculture in the Classroom seeks to encourage Virginia teachers to integrate agriculture into their daily curriculum.  To celebrate and support teachers who do so, Agriculture in the Classroom offers its Teacher of the Year Award as well as Garden and Agriculture Experience Grants.

Teacher of the Year

If you also have an innovative approach to incorporating agriculture into your classroom, then apply to be Agriculture in the Classroom's 2017 Teacher of the Year.  The winner will receive a $500 stipend and a trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Kansas City, June 20-23. 

Overview and application available here.  Applications are due by November 1.

Grant Program

Agriculture in the Classroom provides grants to support schools and organizations who strive to help students understand the source of their food and fiber and to help Virginia's school children gain a greater knowledge and appreciation of agriculture.  Successful grant applicants will provide students with hands-on, experiential learning about agriculture.  Applicants may apply for either a Garden Grant or an Agriculture Experience Grant.

Applications are now available online for both Garden and Agriculture Experience Grants.  Applications are due by September 26.

Highlights from Previous Grant Recipients:

  • Preschool students in Hopewell learned about a chicken's life cycle with an egg hatching unit
  • PK-2 students in Henrico grew their own plants, participated in a mini-market and capped off the unit with a visit from the Farm Bus
  • Elementary students in Franklin attended an Ag Day that increased their knowledge of where their food comes from
  • Preschool students in Arlington used a Grow Lab to jump start their own school garden
  • Middle school FFA members in Mecklenburg celebrated National Ag Day by teaching elementary students in their county about agriculture
  • Third grade students in Caroline learned about aquaponics and celebrated with a salad party
  • Elementary students in Buckingham participated in a "Sheep to Socks" project and learned about wool and other animal products
  • Elementary students in Virginia Beach planted and harvested a salad garden

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