Helping Communities Grow Program Idaho Deadline Today

August 20, 2010 | 10:08 am

Today is the deadline for FFA chapters in Idaho to submit projects to Nutrients for Life for its Helping Communities Grow program. So far, Florida and Idaho are the only two lucky states to have the program available. We have seen a wide variety of entries…FFA students teaching younger students about fertilizer in the classroom, hosting special events, growing crops, creating brochures and special materials, and the list goes on and on. Chapters based their projects off Nutrients for Life’s materials, including our plant and soil science curricula, Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century. The Helping Communities Grow chapter recognition program encouraged FFA students to help the public become better informed about plant nutrients, fertilizers and related agricultural issues through educational, community building and hands‐on activities. During the project, students gained skills in leadership, public speaking, team building and community awareness while increasing knowledge of soil science and agricultural issues.

All chapters who submitted projects receive a $300 participation stipend, with the top three winners receiving much additional funding.

Based on the participation from Florida (winners were announced in June) and Idaho and the projects’ success, we are hoping to expand the program to additional states. Let us know if you think this program would be a good fit in your state. Idaho winners will be announced next week…stay tuned…