August 20, 2012
Today, the Center announced the 10 winners of the Teaching the Food System (TFS) Grants for Educators program. The funds will help teachers implement innovative food systems–related projects in conjunction with the TFS curriculum, which they will integrate into their high school classrooms. All 10 recipients teach in public schools in Baltimore City and other Maryland counties.
Some of the projects include the construction of greenhouses and raised garden beds, vermicomposting, field trips, and a micro-economy that grows, cans, and sells fresh food products, among others.
Educators teach a variety of classes, from biology to algebra to family and consumer sciences. Grant winners from Baltimore City schools hail from Baltimore Montessori Public Charter Middle School, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, and Digital Harbor High School. There are seven winners from schools in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, Prince George’s, and Worcester counties.
The Grants for Educators program, which is intended to enable teachers to conduct special innovative education activities and become early adopters of CLF’s newly developed TFS curriculum, was announced this March, at a Creative Alliance film screening of Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming? and BFED: Baltimore Food Ecology Documentary.