Green City Growers, in partnership with the Boston Public Schools, BPS Facilities Management, Friends of the Boston Schoolyards, and the BPS STRIVE program, are pleased to announce they are the recipient of a 2019 Farm-to-School Implementation Grant from the USDA.
Thanks to this generous grant, Green City Growers will work in collaboration with BPS Facilities Management to provide BPS STRIVE special education students with hands-on vocational training. Skills taught will include building agricultural infrastructure, crop cultivation, and landscape maintenance, with program sessions hosted at four BPS elementary school sites that will receive garden beds.
The garden spaces will also be used by the elementary schools where they are hosted, with each school receiving teacher training and hands-on education sessions focused on gardening and farming.
This program will reach up to 60 STRIVE special education students, and 500 elementary aged students within Boston Public Schools over the 2-year grant timeline.
To read the full USDA press release, click here.