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Slow Food Solano offers school garden grants

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FAIRFIELD — Slow Food Solano is offering a limited number of grants for school gardens to Solano County elementary, middle and high schools.

Individual schools may request up to $400. Applications will be accepted online through Jan. 24. Funds will be dispersed by Feb. 15.

This is the seventh year that Slow Food Solano has offered garden grants to schools in the county. The program started with a pilot test at three elementary schools the first year, and has grown over time, with 12 grants awarded in 2013 to schools in Fairfield, Vacaville, Elmira, Dixon and Vallejo.

Teachers have used the grants to purchase a wide range of materials from citrus trees, compost and seeds to classroom cooking supplies and materials to create rodent barriers.

Full details for the grant application process are available at www.slowfoodsolano.org. Grant applications must be submitted through the organization’s website. Those who wish to support school gardens with a tax-deductible contribution may donate via the website.

Slow Food Solano is a local chapter of the nonprofit Slow Food USA, whose goal is to help create and sustain a food system that is good, clean and fair.

For more information, contact Mary Bourguignon at rwoodmaryb@sbcglobal.net or 429-5589.

Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979 or mcorpos@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.

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