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Community forums pilot program (2/24/2016)

In response to last fall’s community forums, Extension is offering mini-grants to fund projects that are targeted at addressing key challenges in North Dakota. The following three proposals have been received and rated favorably for their targeting of issues related to community engagement and healthy citizens. I wish the best to these teams in the development and implementation of these programs during 2016. I will continue to accept proposals using the call for proposals that was emailed to 'all-ext' on Jan. 19.

Thinking In and Out of the Box: Garden Explorations for Children

Team: Julie Garden-Robinson, Monique Stelzer, Brock Shouldis and Todd Weinmann

The project will employ train-the-trainer workshops leading to five community-based gardens. Families and children will learn the importance of growing healthful foods, and about food safety, science and food economics.

Watch Me Grow – Family Fun Night 

Team: Jean Noland, Steve Sagasar, Michael Knudson, Linda Kuster, Carrie Knutson, Kayla Bakewell, Molly Soeby and Willie Huot

The project will target approximately 300 families in Grand Forks, Grand Forks Air Force Base, Northwood and Larimore with gardening lessons to ultimately improve healthful food choices.  

Civic U. 

Team: Dena Kemmet, Samantha Roth, Alicia Harstad, Joel Lemer and Amelia Doll

The project will develop a parliamentary procedure training guide and demonstration. The program will be piloted, including a quiz bowl, with youth at the North Dakota 4-H Camp.

 Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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