Be resourceful and creative to secure the funds and resources needed for your Farm to School progam.
- Seek support locally. Ask for donations from area businesses, PTA/PTO, parents, and the community. Search for local grants. Partner with restaurant or grocer to host a benefit with a portion of sales going to school.
- Hold fundraisers. Hold a farmers market selling school garden harvest. Have a tasting event where participants vote by making a donation. Start seeds and have a plant sale. Ask area businesses to hold a fundraiser, such as a jeans day. Have a school car wash or bake sale…engage students, parents, teachers and the community.
- Grants. Seek local, regional or national sources.
Here are other sources for funding opportunities.
Iowa Farm to School – Iowa funding opportunities.
American Community Garden Assocation – listing of funding opportunities with focus to school and community gardens.
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education – funding for school projects with preference for permanent impact (indoor and out) that encourage parent involvement and build community spirit.
Edible Schoolyard Project – fundraising ideas.
America in Bloom – listing of grant opportunities with focus to schools, youth and communities.
American Heart Association Teaching Gardens – creates a learning laboratory and provides materials for planting day (garden beds, soil, seeds, etc.) aimed at elementary students who learn how to plant, nurture, harvest and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits.
Donors Choose – public school teachers post class projects giving donors opportunities to provide financial support.
National Gardening Association – offers list of grant and fundraising opportunities with focus to kids gardening.