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Growing Opportunities to receive $58,000 grant from Indiana State Department of Agriculture
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has approved an
application for $58,000 in Specialty Crop Block Grant funds to support
Growing Opportunities from Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2018. This will be the
second time SCCAP has received Specialty Crop Block Grant funds.
The new funds will be used to expand the impact of Growing Opportunities through pursuit of the following objectives:
1. Increasing child and adult nutrition
knowledge and consumption of healthy leafy greens and herbs, especially
among low-income people and people with developmental disabilities,
2. Increasing opportunities for Growing Opportunities students who may
lack agriculture skills and other basic skills necessary for success in
any job, and
3. Improving food access in the food desert area on
the westside of Bloomington (and especially access to healthy fresh
leafy greens for low-income families living in this area).
Initiatives will include:
A major expansion of the number of nonprofit partners involved in
providing specialty crops and specialty crop education to people in the
food desert area on Bloomington’s westside, along with a major increase
in the number of people receiving these crops along with education on
how to cook with specialty crops and nutrition education related to
specialty crops. This expansion will include providing specialty crops
and education to people with developmental disabilities as part of a
weekly cooking class at Stone Belt. Other partners will include
Community Kitchen of Monroe County, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Mother
Hubbard’s Cupboard and SCCAP Energy Assistance Program, Head Start and
- An expansion of the number of students receiving training and other support from Growing Opportunities.
Provision of new opportunities for Growing Opportunities’
students to use free commercial kitchen space at partner organizations
and to learn how to prepare value-added goods made with specialty crops.
- The use of the Growing Opportunities greenhouse as a Head Start
field trip destination where children from low-income households learn
about how plants can grow without soil and learn how to transplant
seedlings and harvest specialty crops.
Support for Growing
Opportunities through grants and donations is especially important as
the program continues to develop and grow. We continue to work on plans
to expand Growing Opportunities so that its sales revenue can more fully
support its operating costs. SCCAP greatly appreciates the support of
the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and all of the grantors and
donors who are helping Growing Opportunities' students to achieve their
dreams by developing their skills and confidence, finding employment and
becoming more financially self-sufficient.