The Youth Garden Project has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Grand Conservation District to be used for projects supporting the organization’s agricultural education, according to Executive Director Kaitlin Thomas.
The Youth Garden Project’s mission is to cultivate healthy children, families and community through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table, she said.
“A conservation district is a legal subdivision of the State of Utah and its boundaries are based on watershed or county lines,” said a district spokesperson. “The conservation movement grew out of the ‘Dust Bowl’ days in the early 1930s, when soil erosion created an unprecedented ecological disaster. President Franklin D. Roosevelt recommended that all states pass legislation allowing the creation of conservation districts. Utah passed the state’s Soil Conservation District Law in March 1937. Today, Utah has 38 conservation districts, divided into seven zones. A conservation district supervisor is responsible for local soil and water conservation programs, just as elected county officials are responsible for county services or school district boards are responsible for education (source: www.uac.org).
“We support the Youth Garden Project’s ongoing mission to educate our local youth,” continued the district. “YGP informs the public about numerous topics, such as the special needs of our local agricultural producers, how to conserve our local natural resources, and ways to use water responsibly. YGP strives to create and support a strong, healthy and connected community by educating the community one person at a time. Its programs serve our youth as well as our adults. In these ways, YGP’s goals closely match our own organizational goals. We are happy to help fund YGP so it can enrich its programs,” said representatives in a quote from the Grand Conservation District board.
The grant funding will be used to assist several ongoing projects over the next year, such as enhancements to the geodesic Grow Dome on site used as a year-round growing space, educational signage, and the ongoing development of the Snack and Sensory Garden.