The Educator Resource Grant application is open until February 28


By Julie Tomascik

Teachers in Texas have the opportunity to receive free educational resources from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA) through a new grant.

The AFBFA provides educator packs including a copy of the book of the year: How to grow a monstera copy of the accompanying educator’s guide and a set of 30 School Garden agricultural magazines for educational use.

“Increasing agricultural literacy in the classroom is a goal of the Texas Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture,” said Jordan Bartels, Texas Farm Bureau associate director of the organization’s division, Education Outreach. “We encourage teachers in Texas to apply for these grants to receive free resources to expand students’ knowledge of agriculture in a fun and exciting way.”

All educators can apply, but the AFBFA noted How to grow a monster is best suited for grades K-3.

How to Grow a Monster explores the gardening theme of the makers and includes a gardening-related activity. The book, written by Kiki Thorpe, received the Book of the Year award at the 103rd American Farm Bureau Federation convention earlier this year.

“By incorporating agricultural concepts into the classroom using accurate agricultural information from trusted sources, teachers are able to start the dialogue about agriculture and our food,” Bartels said.

Educator Resource Grant applications must be submitted by midnight February 28.

Applicants will be notified by March 4.

AFBFA noted that 300 teachers will receive the educator kits. If more than 300 educators apply for these grants, educators will be randomly selected to receive the grants.

Recipients will be asked, but not required, to take a photo of themselves or their students using the material and send it to AFBFA.

For more information and to apply, visit

For details on other classroom farming activities and opportunities for educators through the Texas Farm Bureau, visit


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