Helping Communities Grow Program Expands to California

November 04, 2010 | 10:11 am

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

The program launched during 2010 in Florida and Idaho, and proved a great success in informing communities about the positive role of plant nutrients and fertilizers. Nearly 13,000 community members were reached! With the expansion into California, we expect a large increase in the number of community members involved in the program.

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.

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.

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 educational brochures on fertilizer to community members.

Letters of Intent are due December 3, 2010. Final applications for California, along with completed projects are due March 7, 2011.

If you would like to participate in the Helping Communities Grow chapter recognition program, please call the Nutrients for Life Foundation at (800) 962-9065 or e-mail