Harriet Sanford, President and CEO, the NEA Foundation and member of IWF Washington, DC.
Under the leadership of IWF Washington, DC member Harriet Sanford, the NEA Foundation has provided grants in two public school systems (Milwaukee and New York City) for urban farming and aquaponics initiatives that strengthen STEM education. Students in these schools get hands on experience in key scientific processes and sustainability in addition to selling the produce they grow in their local communities to learn business skills. The programs focus on underserved students and the products benefit community health centers, homeless shelters and colleges. Research suggests the value of experiential learning in STEM disciplines and students gain experience in all aspects of the process. Learn more about these ground-breaking programs in Harriet Sanford’s latest article in HuffPost.
Gracie Cavnar, Founder & CEO, Recipe for Success Foundation and member of IWF Texas – Houston.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Recipe for Success will break ground on Hope Farms in Houston’s underserved Sunnyside neighborhood the farm will provide fresh, affordable produce to people in need. Gracie Cavnar started Recipe for Success in response to learning that Texas was leading the nation in childhood-obesity rates. It began as an initiative to bring chefs into area schools to get children excited about vegetable with hands-on cooking and tasting demos, it has grown into a nationally renowned nutrition education program used across the country. The Hope Farms project will connect students with the agricultural process “from seed to plate” and provide a source of nourishment for families in the community. Discover more about Gracie Cavnar’s Recipe for Success on their webpage.