GeerCrest Farm & Historical Society received a $6,000 grant from Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) to further develop its farm-life educational programming.
GeerCrest Farm will use the funds to expand programs that provide leadership opportunities for local middle and high school students, in mutual support of all currently offered programs. The organization will create a new classroom for traditional craft and skill instruction on wool working, basket weaving, making of herbal medicines, and more.
“By learning about animal and land care and the use of renewable local resources produced from the land, students also learn vital self-reliance skills that connect them to our collective human history as well as that of local pioneers,” said GeerCrest Farm Director Cayla Catino.
AGSM graduate students administered the first-year grant program as part of their own experiential learning project. The grant program aims to impact local communities in Marion, Polk, Benton, Linn and Yamhill counties in the areas of education, arts and culture, and green technology. At the same time, graduate students learn how to administer foundation funds.
Other recipients of this year’s AGSM grants include: Bridgeway Recovery Services, Inc., Children’s Educational Theater, Historic Elsinore Theater, Family Building Blocks, Friends of Straub Environmental Center, Marion-Polk Food Share, Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality, Salem Leadership Foundation, The Boys & Girls Club of Salem and Willamette Heritage Center.
“It was such an honor to be in the room with so many great organizations doing amazing work in the Willamette Valley,” said Adam McKinley, Farm Steward and Education Coordinator at GeerCrest Farm.