The Toro Company has named its final four for its “Ready. Set. GROW!” grant program, and now it’s up to the public to decide the winners.
The grant program will award $15,000 to growers and non-profits that promote sustainable practices in agricultural communities across the nation.
The finalists include:
- Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton (Camp Pendleton, California), which would use the grant to support the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training program, training active-duty service members and veterans in sustainable agribusiness.
- North Louisiana Agri-Business Council (West Monroe, Louisiana), which would use the grant to create an educational display demonstrating the efficiencies of irrigation and best practices in water management. The display would be a part of LSU AgCenter’s Ag Alley, where more than 10,000 adults and children attend to learn and improve agricultural practices.
- Project Fine – Colorful Growers (Winona, Minnesota), which would use the grant to promote the use of water-saving technologies through education and demonstration, specifically focusing on youth ages 10 to 18.Our GreenCare for Communities programs bring our big ideas to the local level.Our GreenCare for Communities programs bring our big ideas to the local level.Our GreenCare for Communities programs bring our big ideas to the local level. The program promotes healthy diets and exercise by placing large focus on education, understanding and appreciating how food is grown in a sustainable manner.
- Shannon Ranch Elementary School (Visalia, California), which would use the grant to install a drip irrigation system to more efficiently irrigate the school garden. The area is used by students throughout the year to learn about life sciences, and would serve as a model on smart irrigation practices for the surrounding community.
The public can vote to determine which organization receives the largest grant through Nov. 19. The organization with the most votes via the Facebook contest will receive $7,000; the program with the second most votes will receive $4,000; and the third- and fourth-place winners will each receive $2,000.