By Paris Wolfe, Blogmaster, The Herb Society of America
Are you or do you know a teacher who loves herbs and herb gardening? Be sure to pass along this information about The Herb Society of America’s grant of seed money for classroom herb gardens.
“The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”—Richard Louv, author and activist
Richard Louv, author and recipient of the Audubon Award, calls it “Vitamin N.” It’s that essential connection with nature that feeds the spirit and the body. While his books are current and his words fresh, his ideas are something my mom always believed in.
“Get outside and get some fresh air and sunshine,” she used to say. She’d challenge us to walk in the woods – barefoot, to increase our connection with the earth.
In that spirit, in 2009, the estate of teacher Donald Samull funded an herb garden grant program for middle school students. Samull used his love of herbs as a way to teach his students, grades three to six, about nature. Now, the Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant continues that tradition.
“The grant seeds programs to engage middle school students with the natural world,” says Katrinka Morgan, executive director of The Herb Society of America. The Herb Society is headquartered in Kirtland, Ohio.
“As an educational organization we promote the essential experience of herbs,” she says. “The ultimate goal is to protect botanical heritage, steward scientific diversity and promote personal enjoyment. “
“That may sound lofty, but it’s really about involving people in what’s around them and what they put in their bodies,” says Morgan.
The money is available to nine schools throughout the United States.
Four classrooms will receive windowsill garden kids including pots, soil, seeds and educational materials to use in the classroom.
Five schools will receive $200 “Seed Money” to establish outdoor herb gardens. The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth-sized tools, etc. The school may need to seek additional funding and support from other sources. The Herb Society of America will provide the educational materials and herb seeds.
Public and/or private 3rd through 6th grade teachers, with classes of a minimum of 15 students may apply for an indoor or an outdoor herb garden grant.
Samull Classroom Garden Grant Application
Application deadline for 2015-16 academic year is October 1, 2015, with awards announced December 1, 2015. Watch this space for winners.
WATCH FOR UPCOMING INFORMATION ON ADDITIONAL GRANTS or look for information about The Herb Society of America grants and scholarships. Application deadlines are as follows