Saturday, May 15, 2010

We need your vote for our Pepsi Refresh Everything Grant

This month the Golden Plains Area Extension is in the running for $25,000 for two projects:

1) Ag Fest is a project that educates 5th and 6th graders about the practical application of science and math of food production. This project utilizes the new STEM curriculum which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We piloted the project this spring in 3 locations Brush, Lamar and Seibert. We had 10 instructors teaching 10 different areas of agriculture/food production. These included embryology, biodiesel, livestock and insect lifecycles to name a few. We have found that there is a demand to take this project on the road to several other neighboring counties. We are asking $10,000 for this project.

2) Community Garden Effort is a project that educates all ages through the community gardens in the Golden Plains Area. There are five gardens at varying stages of establishment. These gardens teach child and adults as well as FFA and 4-H how to raise food. The community gardens help supply the local food banks and the participants have the opportunity to help build the local farmers' market of which there are none with local fresh produce less than 50 to 100 miles away. We are asking for $15,000 for this project.

In a time when Extension offices around the country have either closed or are laying off staff, we are attempting to stretch the tax-payers dollars by looking for funding through local, state and national funding such as Pepsi.

Educating our youth outside of the classroom ensures that they see how their knowledge can be applied in different aspects of agriculture. This is the real test of their knowledge. It strengthens them as students and enhances them as future citizens in our communities.

This is a link for our project is on

If you chose not to use the link go to our title is Educate youth in food production in 7 counties in Colorado. We are under Education and then under $25,000. You can go to the words VOTE FOR and click on Ideas Near You and once you have voted Ideas you support.

We need people to vote for us daily and as often as they can using a different email each time. If we make it in the 100 rank or below we stay on the site automatically and the voting starts again next month. We were only able to get ranked at 197 and have worked down to 166 or there about each day. The best rank that we could have gotten would have been 101 first time out. We have gone down to 103 but have not been able to stay there.

We will keep submitting our project each month because others have done the same and have now reached the top ten ranking and now will be funded.

If you believe this type of education is valuable and wish to help us stretch our tax-payer dollars, please vote for us and share this with others.

We greatly appreciate your support. Know that we have a passion in Extension for educating people in general and not just youth, so that you can make an informed decision because we delivered research-based information that is accurate.

Our goal is to better you life.