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Veteran Attends Sustainable Agriculture Training Program with the Help of Toro Grant

Brock N. Selman is currently transitioning out of the military after five years of honorable service and two tours to Afghanistan. With hopes of creating a future in farming, Brock turned to the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program, that trains veterans in not only sustainable agriculture, but also business planning.

According to Brock, “I envision a farm where not only high quality organic food is produced, but also a learning center for the young and old, alike. A place where field trips can teach children where food comes — from and how it’s grown, as well as teaching adults about healthier alternatives to fast food and prepackaged meals at the grocery store.” Continue reading

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And the Winner of Toro’s ‘Ready. Set. GROW!’ Grant Program is…

Ready. Set. GROW!The Toro Company today announced that Shannon Ranch Elementary School, in Visalia, CA, won top prize in the company’s ‘Ready. Set. GROW!’ grant program. As a result of the public vote, a $7,000 grant will be awarded to Shannon Ranch Elementary. The grant will enable the school to enhance their life sciences program including installing a water-efficient drip irrigation system at their school garden for use by students throughout the year. The garden will also serve as a model on smart irrigation practices for the surrounding community.

Upon receiving the news, Principal Samantha Tate said, “We appreciate the opportunity Toro has provided Shannon Ranch through the ‘Ready. Set. GROW!’ grant. We envision our school garden as being an essential component of our life sciences programs, kindergarten through the sixth grade. To have the opportunity to teach our students about the importance of agriculture in education, and how our garden can benefit our school community, is an incredible gift!” Continue reading

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Toro Announces ‘Ready. Set. GROW!’ Grant Program

Ready. Set. GROW!Agricultural communities play a vital role in feeding the global population, and with the effects of last year’s drought lingering well into this year, it is apparent that efficient and sustainable agricultural practices are more important than ever. With that in mind, Toro has introduced ‘Ready. Set. GROW!‘ an all-new program that awards $15,000 in grants to help agricultural communities promote efficient and sustainable agricultural practices.

But to make the program a success, Toro is asking for YOUR help in recognizing those that promote sustainable practices in agricultural communities across the United States. All you have to do is identify and nominate non-profit organizations [501(c)(3)] or government entities that are doing great work to improve agricultural communities. You might recognize an organization installing drip irrigation in a community garden to more efficiently use water resources; a local non-profit committed to furthering sustainable agricultural practices; or, an organization training military veterans in modern agriculture technologies. For complete details and to nominate an organization, visit https://www.facebook.com/Toro.Company/app_112813808737465. Continue reading

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