Canton Central celebrates $10,000 funding of aquaponic food production
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 6:41 am

CANTON -- Canton Central School District recently received a $10,000 grant to support the school’s sustainable food production through the community garden and aquaponic systems.

Canton Central School District was presented with the $10,000 grant during a presentation at the Canton Central School’s Garden Volunteer Dinner Oct. 4.

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gave local farmers the opportunity to nominate a public school district in their community to compete for a grant of either $10,000 or $25,000 to enhance education in the areas of math and science. More than 1,000 nominated school districts submitted applications.

After being nominated by local farmers, school districts completed an online application, and finalists were chosen by math and science teachers from ineligible school districts. The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of 26 prominent farmers from across the country, then reviewed the finalists’ applications and selected the winners.

“I personally need to thank the Teriele families of Canton for their farmer nominations through Monsanto,” Carol Wright, Canton Central School Agricultural Teacher and FFA Advisor, said. “This grant wouldn't have been possible without the local farmers' support.”