Sustainable Foods Partnership

Sustainable Foods for a Green Future

Spring Grants - Call for Proposals


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As part of the Sustainable Foods Partnership initiative, we are requesting a second round of proposals for curriculum grants for Spring 2010 classes. Five awards were made in Round 1 (see below). Funding is available in Round 2 for approximately 5 additional grants.

Curriculum Development Grants for Faculty
Faculty are invited to submit proposals for curriculum components that engage their students in work relevant to sustainable foods.  We are especially interested in components that link students, faculty and staff with the community to conduct mutually-beneficial scholarship. Preference will be given to components designed to solve real problems; address societal challenges; and/or provide service to the regional community. Projects may involve classes, workshops, events and/or research or creative projects. The curriculum components can be from any discipline.  Trans-disciplinary grants are welcomed and encouraged.

Example Projects

  • Students, working with organic producers or retailers, provide background research for business plans
  • Students, working with the Bluff County Co-op, research and develop a food-access survey for Winona
  • Students, working with Volunteer Services, develop a plan to distribute fresh food from the Community Gardens to people in need
  • Students, working with the Farmer’s Market, develop marketing plans and a coordinated advertising campaign for the market targeted to college students
  • Students, working with local food producers, develop posters/presentations that demonstrate how sustainable food is packaged and presented
  • Students, working with university officials, provide research to help develop sustainable food purchasing guidelines for WSU
  • Students, working with kids at the Maplewood Townhomes Community Center, develop fun projects that inform children about sustainable foods
  • Students study soil micro fauna in organic fields
  • Students design a celebration, or organize an awareness event, about local and organic foods, to be staged at the Film Festival or on Earth Day
  • Students do stories on local food production and distribution
  • Students read Pollan’s work on sustainable food production and then tour a farm to write about the real-life application of his ideas

These are just a few examples. Please contact either Joan Francioni or Jim Armstrong if you would like some help designing a class component related to Sustainable Foods for next semester.
Requirements for funded curriculum components are as follows:

  • Component must be relevant to course content.
  • Component must be designed to engage students in work relevant to sustainable foods.
  • Component must be implemented in Spring 2010.
  • Students involved in the component must be evaluated with respect to the benefits of this component to their general and specific learning.
  • Description of final component must be submitted to be posted on WSU Web site. 
  • Final report, with optional pictures, must be submitted to be posted to the WSU Web site.

Approximately five grant awards will be made, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.  Submissions involving multiple faculty members are allowed. However, multiple submissions requesting support for the same concept will be ineligible.

Allowable Expenditures:
Funds should be used primarily for resource materials, research supplies, student support, travel, or other relevant expenses to expand opportunities for students.  If included, faculty duty day support must be less than 25% of the total budget.

November 11  Call for proposals issued.
December 15   Due date for proposals.
December 18   Applicants notified as to final approval.

For spring semester projects, projects must be completed by May 7, 2010 and final reports submitted no later than May 21, 2010.

Proposal Format:
Proposals should include a Title Page, Concept Description (max two pages), and Proposed Budget. 
Title Page

  • Project Title
  • Project Director’s name(s) and department(s)
  • Names of other university participants/departments and/or community partners
  • Relevant course(s) for project
  • Relevant semester(s) for implementing course components (no earlier than Fall 2009 and no later than Spring 2010)
  • Signature of Chair (on behalf of Department) or Program Director
  • Signature of Dean or Supervisor

Concept Description (limit 2 pages)

  • Describe the essence of your proposed project
  • Provide a brief rationale
  • Describe anticipated outcomes/impact
  • Describe evaluation plan
  • Identify the roles of the individuals involved
  • Briefly describe the resources needed

Proposed Budget

  • Estimated preliminary budget
  • Budget justification

Proposals must be submitted in electronic format by 4:30 p.m. December 18, 2009, to Joan Francioni, Director of Engaged Teaching and Scholarship (jfrancioni @ Please have Chair and Dean send an email message as their signature.


Food as Empowerment

Title Food as Empowerment: Building Support Networks for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Community Partners Bluff Country Co-op, Women's Resource Center, Boys & Girls Club
Amount $2,700
P.I. Tamara Berg, Women's and Gender Studies Department
College Liberal Arts
Course(s) CAST/WAGS 405; WAGS 348
Semester Fall 09; Spring 10


Design Project

Title Service and Engaged Learning - Graphics Design Project
Community Partners Sustainable Foods Partnership, RCTC
Amount $3,000
P.I. ChunLok Mah, Art Department
College Liberal Arts
Course(s) ART 243, 265, 365
Semester Fall 09


Soil Fertility Management

Title Soil Fertility Management and Sustainable Farming Systems
Community Partners Earth-Be-Glad Farm
Amount $2,666
P.I. Candace Kairies Beatty, Geoscience Department
College Science and Engineering
Course(s) GEOS 280, 415
Semester Fall 09


Agroecology Curriculum at WSU

Title Learning by Doing through a New Agroecology Curriculum at Winona State University
Community Partners The Winona Farm, Featherstone Farm
Amount $1,225
P.I. Bruno Borsari, Biology Department
College Science and Engineering
Course(s) BIOL 351, 118, 104; RESC 150, 201
Semester Spring 10


Sustainable Agriculture K-4 Curriculum

Title Seeds for Success: A Sustainable Agriculture Curriculum for Grades K-4
Community Partners Rollingstone Elementary
Amount $1,700
P.I. Melanie Reap, Education Department
College Education
Course(s) EDUC 336
Semester Fall 09, Spring 10