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BCSD Receives $50,000 Farm to School Turnkey Grant from USDA

Updated: Aug 16




The Baldwin County School District has been awarded a $50,000 Farm to School Turnkey Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is one of only 123 organizations in the nation to receive the grant this year, and the only school district in Georgia.


"I tell everybody that most grants are gotten when you're already doing the work," said Aketi Mayweather, the wellness coordinator and garden project manager for the Baldwin County School District, "So we're already doing the work. We have gardens at all of our schools, so we're very excited about the possibility of expanding those gardens."


The grant specifically allows for the use of hydroponics and aquaponics within the District's STEAM labs. Hydroponics refers to the growth of vegetables using only water and minerals, and aquaponics refers to the growth of vegetables using waste from fish, which is actually fertilizer. "So all of our students who are part of the STEAM program will have the opportunity to participate in these different mediums of growing," said Mayweather, "not only will this help us to teach students that there are other ways to grow food, but it also helps us to meet our STEAM requirements."




Most grants are gotten when you're already doing the work, so we're already doing the work. We have gardens at all of our schools, so we're very excited about the possibility of expanding those gardens.

The Farm to School Turnkey Grant is another example of the larger importance of gr