Wednesday, 01 February 2023

Kelseyville teachers receive mini-grants; funds help make school agriculture projects a reality

Margaret Eutenier presents a check for a mini-grant to fourth grade teacher Sara Yurosko at Kelseyville Elementary School in Kelseyville, Calif. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – Terry Dereniuk and Margaret Eutenier, members of the Lake County California Women for Agriculture, recently presented mini-grants to teachers in Riviera Elementary School and Kelseyville Elementary School for ag projects in their classrooms.

Lesa Turner, kindergarten teacher at Riviera, plans to use the grant money to purchase an incubator and warming equipment so that her class can learn about the lifecycle of chickens.

The project will be self-funding in future years allowing more than one class of kindergarteners to benefit.

Fourth grade teacher Sara Yurosko of Kelseyville Elementary School will use the grant funds to purchase supplies for her project. She is planning to teach her class how to care for plants by growing vegetables.

In addition to providing plants to the school garden, Yurosko plans to send home a vegetable plant with each student.

Agriculture is a prime economic driver for Lake County and has been a way of life for many families for generations.

Lake County California Women for Agriculture works to promote agriculture in future generations through scholarships for graduating seniors and students enrolled in college level studies related to agriculture and the mini-grant program for kindergarten through eighth grade.

The mini-grant program was started in 2013 as another avenue to support education and agriculture in Lake County.

Grants are available for kindergarten through eighth grade classes. Grants applications will open again in the fall of 2019.

Lake County California Women for Agriculture is a dynamic, grassroots, all-volunteer organization established in Lake County in 1976.

The goals of CWA include advocacy, education, and promotion of agriculture. Membership is open to anyone interested in protecting and promoting agriculture.

For more information, visit

Lesa Turner, kindergarten teacher at Riviera Elementary School, receives a check for her mini-grant to purchase an incubator and warming equipment so her students can learn about chickens. Courtesy photo.

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