Nov 13, 2019
By Brytann Busick
The Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County is proud to administer a grant program utilizing funds contributed by the Alvin James Hansen Foundation to support agriculture education. Grant requests can be made for programs and projects that further agriculture education, especially efforts that further youth education in agriculture.
• Equipment Purchases
• Educational Program Funding
• School Farm Projects
• Brick & Mortar Projects
• Matching Grant Requests
• & More!
Applicants can include a diverse range of agricultural organizations from small grassroots groups to well-established educational organizations from Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties. Those involved with agriculture, agriculture literacy, and agricultural education are encouraged to apply.
Only one application can be submitted by an organization in a six-month time period. Applications must be submitted electronically, will be accepted year-round and a quarterly evaluation process will be followed.
Alvin Hansen was a Two Rock dairyman that cared deeply for the agriculture industry in Northern California. He was born in 1925 on his family’s chicken ranch in Petaluma and upon graduation from Petaluma High School, his father gave him a cow to start his own ranch. Hansen rented property on what is now Olompali State Historic Park, where he tended his growing herd. Then in the early 1960s, Hansen bought land and buildings on Pepper Road in Two Rock and established his own dairy operation, Arrowhead Ranch. He called the shots on that successful dairy until two weeks before his death on November 18, 2011.
It was Alvin Hansen’s wish that through his legacy, agriculture education would be enhanced and grow in the three northern California counties of Marin, Napa, and Sonoma. Funds from this grant program will primarily benefit youth in agriculture, including their education and pursuit of careers in the industry. Alvin also wanted to support the Future Farmers of America and 4-H clubs or centers in the North Bay counties of California primarily including Sonoma, Marin, and Napa Counties.
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