Agraria Awarded Ohio Environmental Education Grant

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We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund for 2019! After a competitive statewide application process, grant recipients are chosen by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, with the help of the fund’s Advisory Council. This grant will help further develop educational programming at Agraria.

This grant award is the result of a collaborative effort between Community Solutions, Yellow Springs Schools, the Springfield City School District, Xenia Community Schools, The Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District, Central State University, and the Yellow Springs Children's Montessori Cooperative. It will also synergize with our recent grant awards from the Dayton Foundation for education and building site preparation, totaling $52,500. Many thanks to all who contributed their expertise and support!

The educational project, called “Soils for Life—Southwestern Ohio,” will bring teachers from Yellow Springs, Xenia, Springfield, and other area schools to Agraria for training in soil science and biodiversity curricula. It will also fund place-based, experiential education for students from these schools during field days at Agraria. For those unable to visit, Community Solutions will supply buckets of materials and supplies to help teachers conduct lessons on their school grounds.

Grant activities start in January 2019. Watch this blog, our electronic newsletter, and our social media accounts for more announcements as we roll out this ambitious program! For more information, please call 937-767-2161 or email daviddiamond@communitysolution.org.