Grant Received for Hartland Teen Center Greenhouse

Livingston County Farm Bureau was pleased to be awarded a grant from Michigan Farm Bureau for the purchase, construction, installation of ancillary interior features, and start-up of a greenhouse facility in Hartland Township at the after-school/summer program operated by the non-profit Hartland Enrichment and Recreational Organization (HERO) at the Hartland Teen Center. 

The Teen Center is located across from the Junior High and High Schools and provides a convenient location for organized after-school activities, primarily for at-risk students with no other place to go after school.  The Hartland Consolidated School (HCS) district boundary includes multiple townships and has the highest school of choice participation among the county’s five  school districts, plus students commuting from Genesee County/Flint area.  Students identify the facility as their “home away from home”. 

The operational funds for the Center are provided by Hartland Township and individual donors.  LCFB’s board believes that providing funds to assist the Teen Center with the purchase and installation of a permanent “building”, with temperature control, is a great investment for participants would learn about:
• Growing food for consumption and how it is produced,
• Selling excess food to offset greenhouse expenses and plant purchases,
• The varied occupations in agriculture.

Several other area business have been identified as potential donors for the project.  Livingston County Farm Bureau looks forward to working with the Teen Center as this project gets underway this summer.