The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $38,340 to the Louisiana State University (LSU) Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge. The funds will be used by LSU to conduct workshops and provide hands-on guidance and information on the implementation of the School Garden Curriculum and school gardens at ten middle and high school campuses in Louisiana. Gardening kits and basic supplies will be provided to implement the gardens at each campus and the project will also pair a local Master Gardener with each school to assist with hands-on gardening.
School gardens are important learning spaces, play-yards for children, a tool to teach consumption of healthy foods and encourage physical activity for students. While playing and learning in these green spaces children will also be using their science and math skills in a hands-on manner.
Additional information on EPA grants: http://www.epa.gov/region6/gandf/index.htm
More about activities in EPA Region 6: http://www.epa.gov/region6
EPA audio file is available at: http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/podcast/sep2010.html