By Paris Wolfe, Blogmaster, The Herb Society of America
In Millbury, Mass., an herb garden helps at-risk youth develop new skills and environmental appreciation. Participants grow herbs for teas and aromatics as part of a horticultural curriculum that includes producing infused oils and teas. The project is made possible through an HSA Grant for Educators.
In 2016, the grant is available to individuals, groups or small businesses to develop and deliver learning experiences to the public. Each year, the Grant Committee funds one or two grants for a total of $5,000.
The grant rewards innovative projects that enhance herbal education in school systems, in communities, or in any public forum (electronic or person-to-person). It requires learning goals and a mechanism to measure the educational outcomes.
Applications are requested from educators (formal or informal teachers), persons engaged/employed in botanical or horticultural activities, museum directors, botanical/garden writers, small herbal business owners. Proposals from students will not be accepted. Projects previously funded by a grant from The Herb Society of America will not be considered.
The grant may be used for
- supplies, materials and consumable products for herbal education projects, beyond the usual garden activities.
- existing educational programs presented in a significantly different manner or to a larger target audience.
Learn more about what the grant can/can’t be use for and get your online application form. Deadline for application is December 31. Recipients will be announced April 1, 2016.