Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom has awarded mini-grants for educational projects to schools in Fredericksburg and four surrounding counties.

They are among the 62 recipients for the Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom’s grants for the 2018-2019 school year. The grants will have an impact in 50 Virginia localities and will provide 25,000 youth with an agriculture or gardening experience.

“This year we had a tremendous number of applicants, and funded grants include preschool, elementary, middle and high school projects,” said Tammy Maxey, Virginia AITC senior education manager, in a news release. “These schools and 4-H chapters will start gardens, provide nutrition and culinary experiences, begin school farms and create agriculture leadership opportunities. We look forward to visiting these grant sites and watching students learn.”

Locally, the grants were received by Caroline County: Bowling Green Elementary School; Fredericksburg United Methodist Preschool; Gordon-Barbour Elementary School and Orange Elementary School, both in Orange County; Post Oak Middle School and Massaponax High School, both in Spotsylvania County; and Hartwood Elementary School in Stafford County.

Agriculture in the Classroom is a national program that promotes greater understanding of agriculture through education. The Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is a nonprofit organization that receives financial and administrative support from Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

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