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CFEL children’s garden mini-grants given

BROOKINGS — Twelve youth and school gardens from across South Dakota received funding this spring to launch or enhance garden programs through $125 mini-grants provided by the Community and Family Extension Leaders.

SDSU Extension and the South Dakota 4-H Foundation administer the funds which support these projects.

The gardens can use the funds to purchase seeds, plants or small garden equipment or utilize the award to purchase programming materials.

Garden programs must have an SDSU Extension partner, such as a master gardener, a county 4-H youth program adviser or food and nutrition program/ expanded food and nutrition education program assistant. They must provide programming to a school-age group, K-12, incorporate hands-on learning experiences for a 4-12 week period, and incorporate plant science and nutrition education topics.

This year’s area awardees include Andes Central Afterschool Program and Charles Mix County 4-H, Lake Andes.

For more information on this program, contact Chris Zdorovtsov, SDSU Extension community development field specialist, at 605-782-3290 or via email at Christina.Zdorovtsov@

— Source: SDSU Extension