Gardening is a valuable tool for children of all ages. Learning about plants, how things grow and how to nurture and care for living organisms. Caring for plants introduces
many other topics such as the role insects play and the importance of light, water and maintenance. Gardening has been known to also improves children’s environmental attitudes, their social skills and nutritional attitudes. The National Gardening Association has provided grant funding for the past 29 years to support youth garden programs. They have awarded over 9,000 grants throughout the years and provided beneficial education to our nation’s children. The benefits from school gardens reach everyone including the parents, teachers and administrators. To view a list of grants available and valuable resources visit this website.
Sunglo has been a proud resource for school greenhouses for many years. Providing a covered, safe area for children to learn about gardening and all the beautiful life lessons along with it. Working with faculty and administrative staff to achieve their horticultural goals has been a humbling experience for all of us here at Sunglo and we feel honored to be apart of it. We also offer an educational discount to help relieve some of the financial stress. Our office team and warehouse/assembly team are knowledgeable and will see your project through to the finish. From the time the greenhouse is ordered we are here to answer any questions from shipping to construction. We can give you advice on permitting, the foundation and which size would benefit your school. Replacement parts are always available too, so in the future just give us a call! If you or someone you know is interested in a school greenhouse please contact us with any questions or for a free quote.
Sunglo greenhouses are all over the US and Alaska. If you would like to speak with another school that is using a Sunglo brand greenhouse please give us a call at 800-647-0606 with your request and we’ll be happy to help find one for you to connect with!
It can be difficult for schools to integrate horticulture into their curriculum. Of the numerous difficulties, cost is often the greatest obstacle. Another difficulty can be be space. Both are highly limited resources for schools and allocating them to horticultural instruction often means limiting other important parts of the curriculum. That is why I wanted to share some grant opportunities for schools that help make horticulture instruction possible.
If you are interested in applying for these grants one great site I found was http://grants.kidsgardening.org/. They list nearly every grant currently available and provide a multitude of helpful information about implementing a gardening program and completing grant applications.
In most areas of the country the winter season is almost as long as the school year and this makes gardening outdoors impractical if not impossible. Erecting a greenhouse provides a sheltered area specially designed for horticultural instruction. Over the years we have worked with many schools to custom fit their greenhouses to their specific needs and location. Our design allows for a high amount of customization without the cost of paying an architect and specialized contractor and our spacious lean-to models are especially attractive for schools that prefer the greenhouse be attached to the building. The insulated, energy efficient design also keeps operating costs down over the many years of use that a Sunglo provides and we offer highly discounted fully accessorized deals exclusively for schools as well.
Although horticulture as a career is becoming a less valid investment with time, sparking an interest in biological studies at a young age helps to insure that those individuals who have an affinity for such can be provided with the encouragement they need to begin shaping future career goals. It starts with planting seeds and learning about growth and development, and for some it leads to careers in genetics, aggro-ecology, and molecular biology. It is the inventive individuals in these horticulture related fields that are of utmost importance as the Earth’s population continues to rapidly increase and the food supply chain becomes further stressed. Personally, with some guidance toward a horticulture related career at an earlier age perhaps I could have saved myself two years of college education, and the debt that came with it, pursuing a career that would not have been a good fit for me. If you are an educator or a parent interested in starting or augmenting a gardening program at your local school please give us a call. We have helped many schools make their aspirations a reality over the years and we can put you in touch with educators whose students currently benefit from having one of our greenhouses at their school.
For another post about school grants for greenhouses click here.