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Community Foundation awards grant to school farm

Polk County High School students work on a fence at the school farm, one of the projects that received funding through a recent $21,400 grant from the Polk County Community Foundation. (photo submitted by Kevin Bailey)

The farm at Polk County High School has received a grant in the amount of $21,400 from the Polk County Community Foundation. The grant was made possible through the Paul Culberson Quality Local Food Initiative Fund.
The Paul Culberson Quality Local Food Initiative is intended to broadly impact the whole community by educating community members about the importance of local food, increasing the demand for local food through increased consumption and supporting the production of quality food by local farmers.
The grant will be used to fund an array of projects including:
• Animal science barn
• 500-foot section of cross-fence
• Historical garden
• Dwarf apple orchard
• Registered Boer goats
Agriculture teachers Kevin Bailey and Chauncey Barber will oversee the completion of the projects.
“We’re excited that the students will be doing all of the work to make these projects a reality,” Bailey said. “The students are already taking ownership of the fence we are currently building. In addition, I can’t say how much we appreciate the support the Polk County Community Foundation gives us… they really can make dreams come true.”
– article submitted by Kevin Bailey