Dakotas SARE Youth Sustainable Agriculture Grants for 2007

 

Purpose:

            The purpose of these grants is to provide opportunities for youth in the Dakotas, age 8-18, to learn more about Sustainable Agriculture.  You will design and carry out a Sustainable Agriculture project of your own and report your results to the public.  Guidance from your adult sponsor and parents is encouraged but some independence is expected.

 

Project Ideas:

            Sustainable Agriculture has no set rules but does have clear goals.  The idea is to find ways of farming or ranching that help us meet our profit goals, our family and community goals for quality of life, and our environmental goals.  Last year Dakotas SARE Youth Grantees showed the importance and beauty of wildflowers, planted raspberries as a fruit crop, examined the markets for bee products, began managed grazing in their pastures, looked at meat goat production, and examined weed resistance in different varieties of popcorn.  Here are a few ideas to help you think about your own project:

1.  You could grow a garden and sell the produce or show your neighbors how to cook fresh foods.  How might more fruit and vegetables help your health and farm income?

2.  Many farmers spend money on chemical fertilizers and pesticides every year.  Are there ways to manage farms to reduce this expense and still produce food and a profit?

3.  Overgrazing can make pastures less productive and streams polluted.  What ways of managing animals can improve pasture health, water quality, and profits?

4.  Do you know of anyone in your area who has tried a new way of farming or ranching to become more sustainable?  You could visit with them to see what they did and report about the problem they faced, how they tried to overcome it, and how it worked out.

5.  Soil is the basis for agriculture.  It is made of minerals, organic matter, living things and air.  How does the soil in different fields managed in different ways compare?

6.  The native prairies and wetlands of the Dakotas are famous for their many plants and animals.  Do different plants and animals live in these places as compared to farm fields and pastures?  Are there ways to farm that maintain these plants and animals or bring them back?  Are their benefits to having native plants and animals on farms?

7.  Farmers used to breed their own varieties of crops and often still breed their own animals.  What traits do breeders select for and why does this work?  You could grow your own vegetables, grain crops or animals and demonstrate your own selections.

8.  What is a weed?  Why do they matter and how do people control them?  You might try different types of weed control in your garden and report how they turn out.

9.  How can you make money selling what you raise?  What markets are out there and how do you get your animals and produce to consumers who want them?

10. Sustainable Agriculture is all about goals.  What are your profit, family and environmental goals?  Are they the same as the goals of your friends and neighbors?  How do these compare with the goals of your parents or grandparents?

Whatever project you choose is up to you and should show your own interests about Sustainable Agriculture.  You can find more information at www.sare.org/ncrsare/pubsres.htm.

Funding:

            There will be a competition for these grants of up to $250 per project.  As many as eight grants are available in the Dakotas for 2007.

 

Reporting:

            Outreach with what you learn with your original project is required!  You may write an article, have a field day demonstration, put up a web page, make a video, show a poster, give a speech or otherwise show the public what you did, what you learned and why it is important.  After your project is finished a short final report will need to be submitted to Frank Kutka, the Dakotas SARE State Coordinator, by 15 December 2007.  Final reports will be submitted to a committee and the top report in the Dakotas will be forwarded to the SARE North Central Region for regional consideration.  Authors of the best report in the region will receive travel funds for a trip to an appropriate regional or national meeting to present their report.

 

How to Apply:

            To be considered for funding, your application for a Dakotas SARE Youth Grant MUST include the following items:

            1.  A filled out and signed application form.  This includes parent signatures.

            2.  A short project overview (250 words maximum) which addresses these questions.

What issue in Sustainable Agriculture do you want to address?

Why is this issue important to you and your community?

How would you address this issue?

How would you prepare materials for your project?

Are there groups or information sources that can help guide you?

How and when would you report what you learn to others?

How would this project help you with your educational goals?

            3.  A project budget form to show what you would buy, including parent signatures.

 

Copies of these three items must be sent to Frank Kutka, the Dakotas SARE State Coordinator with a postmark no later than 21 April 2007.  A committee of farmers, ranchers, educators and researchers will review the applications and choose the ones for funding.  Awards will be announced on 1 May 2007 via email or by phone, and later by a letter.

 

Frank Kutka

Attn: SARE Youth Grants

Dickinson Research Extension Center

1041 State Avenue

Dickinson ND 58601

 

If you have any questions about the program, the process of selection or your project ideas you can call or email Frank Kutka at (701) 483-2348, extension 113 or frank.kutka@ndsu.edu.

 

Funding for this Youth Grant program is provided by the USDA North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program


Dakotas Youth Sustainable Agriculture Grants 2007Application Form

 

Please print out and fill in this form with pen.  Applications must be postmarked no later than 21 April 2007 and must include this form with signatures, the project overview and the budget form with signatures.

 

Project Title:                                                                                                                                       

 

Amount of Money Requested:                                                                                                          

 

Youth Name:                                                                                                                                     

 

Mailing Address:                                                                                                                               

 

City:                                                    State:                                       Zip Code:                               

 

Telephone:                                                       Youth Email Address:                                                           

 

All youth taking part in this grant program will be the project leaders, but they will still need an adult to guide them with their project.  These sponsors may be FFA Leaders, 4-H Leaders, Scout Leaders, Church Leaders, Teachers, Agency Educators, Parents, or Farmers/Ranchers involved in Sustainable Agriculture.

 

Sponsor Name:                                                                                                                                   

 

Sponsor Telephone:                                         Sponsor Email Address:                                            

 

Parent or Legal Guardian Name (if different):                                                                                  

 

Parent Telephone:                                           Parent Email Address:                                                           

 

By signing this form we agree that we understand the purpose and costs of this proposed project, that SARE funds will only be spent on this project, and that this youth will carry through this project to its final report, with adult permission and guidance, if it is chosen for funding.

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Youth Signature                                                                                  Date

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Sponsor Signature                                                                               Date

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Parent or Legal Guardian Signature (if different)                              Date


Dakotas Youth Sustainable Agriculture Grants 2007 Budget Form

Please print out and fill in this form with pen.  Applications must be postmarked no later than 21 April 2007 and must include this form with signatures, the project overview and the application form with signatures.

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Total Cost

 

 

By signing this form we agree that we understand the purpose and costs of this proposed project, that SARE funds will only be spent on this project, and that this youth will carry through this project to its final report, with adult permission and guidance, if it is chosen for funding.

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Youth Signature                                                                                  Date

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Sponsor Signature                                                                               Date

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Parent or Legal Guardian Signature (if different)                              Date