Twenty Minnesota schools from all corners of the State were recently awarded $500 “seed” grants to help them “plant” school gardens. These gardens along with the 15 started last year with Jeffers help will serve a population of more than 15000 Minnesota students with nourishment for mind and body.
The grants came about as a result of years-long efforts by Jeffers Foundation to identify and publish exemplary school garden practices from all around the state and to encourage all schools to start school gardens. Check out the School Gardens pages for lots of exciting ideas and best practices.
Grants were awarded to:
American Swedish Institute
Crossroads Science & Voc. Ctr.
Heritage Christian Academy
Dr. Tom Westerhaus
At a recent meeting of Jeffers Board of Directors, Minnesota native, Tom Westerhaus, Ed.D, was named to the Jeffers Advisory Board. Tom has recently retired as the superintendent of the River Falls, Wisconsin School District. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin. Those familiar with the history of Jeffers Foundation may recall when Tom served as superintendent of the Prior Lake Savage ISD 719. His leadership and collaborative efforts with Jeffers
laid the ground work for that school district's recent designation as one of only 14 Green Ribbon school districts, nationwide.
Tom will be helping guide development of Jeffers' outdoor/environmental educational philosophy and techniques in pre-service teacher training programs in Minnesota and Wisconsin. We are pleased and privileged to have Tom with us!