From America’s Farmers Grow Communities:
The North Harford High School Agriculture Department has received a $2,500 donation from Harford County farmer Jarod Smith and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization implement an aquaculture and aquaponics learning station as part of their animal science, plant science and natural resources classes. Aquaculture is also known as fish farming, and aquaponics is the practice of raising fish and plants in a symbiotic environment.
“Currently, we have a fish culture set up,” said program specialist Greg Murrell. “But this will allow us to expand and include plant material and multiple tanks. This will allow our general agriculture and magnet programs to collect better data.”
For five years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $16.5 million to over 7,300 community organizations across rural America. This year winning farmers will direct another $3.3 million to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase life saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and so much more.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture. Today, consumers are more interested than ever in agriculture and how food is grown. Consider joining the conversation and helping to raise awareness about agriculture. Learn more at FoodDialogues.com.
A sister program in the America’s Farmers effort, Grow Rural Education, is currently in its farmer nomination phase. Farmers interested in supporting math and science education in their communities should visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com from now through April 1 to learn how.