Q & A With Microgrant Recipient Zachary


Meet K4C microgrant recipient Zachary (13) from Florida. His school, Franklin Boys Prep Academy, has a very high free and reduced lunch rate–close to 80%. Since fresh vegetables and fruits are expensive, Zachary organized his classmates and enlisted the help of his social studies teacher, a local garden club, and Feeding America Tampa Bay to grow fruits & vegetables in a community garden on campus and send produce home with students whose families need them on the weekends.

  1. What inspired you to start this project? We have kids in our school who do not have access to fresh vegatables.
  2. Other than you, how many student volunteers participated in your service project?  150
  3. Other than you, how many adult volunteers participated in your service project?  6
  4. How many hours did you spend on your project?  3
  5. How many hours did other volunteers spend on your project? 100
  6. How many individuals were affected by your project?  25
  7. During the time period between when you applied for a K4C microgrant & when you completed the project, what surprised you?  Since I wrote the grant, we got advice from Home Depot and they gave us a better idea for building garden beds. It was very expensive but in the long run it will be a much better garden. I didn’t realize soil was so expensive.
  8. Overall what did you learn from this experience? I learned that my friends are actually excited about gardening and that many kids in our school actually want the food we are growing. Hopefully, we can provide for those in need and have extra to go around.
  9. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? I think taking care of the garden is going to help with providing healthy food but also with teaching students responsibility.
  10. How was the K4C microgrant helpful in the completion of your project?  The grant allowed us to build raised garden beds. We were able to get this part started and now we have volunteers from the Tampa Garden Center coming regulary to help us. Home Depot is going to help us get a another grant to get more planting materials since most of our money went to building the beds.