Bradford announces $2K Ag and Youth grant for Stewart Middle School in Norristown

NORRISTOWN, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, announced this week a $2,000 Ag and Youth grant for Stewart Middle School in Norristown.

The funding, approved statewide by Gov. Tom Wolf, is designed to “improve access to agriculture education in the commonwealth with a goal of addressing the looming 75,000 workforce deficit Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry faces in the coming decades,” according to a release.

At Stewart Middle School, the funding will support the garden program for students to gain hands-on experience.

“This kind of hands-on experience means so much, not only to the future of a vital industry like agriculture, but to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of gardening, of growing fruits and vegetables,” Bradford said. “I am grateful to Governor Wolf and the Department of Agriculture for making this type of education a priority.”

Wolf signed Act 40 in July 2019 to reenact the state’s Ag and Youth Grant Program as part of the first Pennsylvania Farm Bill.