Foundation Expands Helping Communities Grow Program

October 05, 2010 | 7:10 am

We are so excited to announce the expansion of the Nutrients for Life Foundation Helping Communities Grow recognition program open to FFA chapters. During the 2010-2011 academic year, FFA members from Florida, Idaho and Iowa will have the chance to submit projects and compete for a first, second and third place prize in each state ($6,000, $3,000 and $1,000, respectively).

We had the unique opportunity here in the D.C. office to open each project as they arrived by mail. With each delivery, we were excited to see the innovative projects the FFA chapters created, as well as the huge scope of community members each project reached. In fact, nearly 13,000 community members learned about the importance of fertilizer across Florida and Idaho! We expect that with the addition of Iowa this year, FFA students, in conjunction with the Helping Communities Grow program will reach more than 30,000 people.

Roosevelt Academy, Lake Wales, FL

Winning projects from the first year of Helping Communities Grow ranged from growing produce on a school farm and selling it at a local farmers market, to handing out fertilizer educational brochures to community members.

The goal of the Helping Communities Grow chapter recognition program is to give FFA chapters the opportunity to help their communities become better informed about the positive role of plant nutrients, fertilizers and related agricultural issues through educational, community building and hands-on activities. Students will gain skills in leadership, public speaking, team building and community awareness while increasing knowledge of soil science and agricultural issues.

Letters of Intent are due December 3, 2010 for Florida, Idaho and Iowa. Final applications, along with completed projects are due March 7, 2011 in Iowa, May 2, 2011 in Florida and May 20, 2011 in Idaho.

For more information, feel free to contact us at (800) 962-9065.