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OFB Foundation funds local programs
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation helps smaller, community-based groups through a series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants. The grants help groups that often find the larger-scale, public and private grant solicitation process daunting. The competitively awarded grants support programs and projects focusing on agricultural education and ecological and/or economic development. The Foundation awarded $25,000 in grants for the 2014 program year.
Ohio Energy Project to support a series of summer professional development workshops that allow teachers behind-the-scenes access to the energy industry and provide them with unbiased classroom materials.
Preble County Development Partnership, Inc. for its program focusing on ways to bring together farmers, food businesses and consumers to explore the potential for creating a centrally located food co-op facility to help grow the local economy.
Parma Area Historical Society in support of Stearns Farm, the last working farm in the urban community of Parma. Operated by the historical society, the funds would be used develop currently unused land to grow produce and allow the community to learn about fresh foods and the value of farming.
Collegiate Young Farmers at Ohio State University for the Farm to Fork Food Dialogues, an educational forum that brought together more than 250 students from varying backgrounds for an evening of dinner and discussion about food and farming issues. See more on page 12.
Shelby County Farm Bureau for a multi-county program offering hands-on educational projects and experiences that help young people learn about the origins of their food and the contributions of agriculture to their daily lives.
Sycamore Run Farms, LLC for an outreach effort that will invite farm guests to sit in the seat of a combine so they may observe the challenges a farmer may face driving on public roads. The project will work in collaboration with the Crawford County Farm Bureauís safe-driving campaign.
Friends of Sunrock Farm to help bring low-income, at risk school children to a working farm where they can participate in hands-on farming activities and make the farm-to-food connection.
Nicki Gordon-Coy for her program to bring experts in natural resources, agriculture and biotechnology into northeast Ohio classrooms using Google Hangouts, a video conferencing platform. Students also will be provided with reading materials.
OWjL Camp at Ohio Wesleyan University to support several agricultural related classes in its summer program for gifted and talented middle school students from economically and culturally diverse backgrounds.