Cabarrus County Schools has received a $142,000 Farm to School grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service. The district is the only North Carolina entity to receive a grant.
The grant will be used to create a K-12 gardening curriculum for the district’s 10 STEM schools. The curriculum will cover the gardening process from planting to production, including the technology used in the process.
Leanne Havely, PreK-12 curriculum and instruction and professional learning coordinator, wrote the winning grant proposal titled “Farm – Fork – Future (F3).” The district will work with community partners such as Cabarrus Health Alliance, Dole Foods and N.C. State University’s Plans for Human Health Institute.
Since 2013, the USDA Farm to School Grant Program has offered annual grants to schools, school districts, nonprofits, state agencies, agricultural producers, and Indian tribal organizations to plan, implement, or provide training on farm to school activities. FNS is committed to working with schools and agricultural partners to ensure healthy habits take root in early childhood.