You may have noticed. We're trying to raise $15,000 in individual donations by May 15th. That might be pocket change for some of the larger non-profits that raise money online, but at the Center for Rural Affairs that is real money.
It is also more money then we have ever raised at this time of the year before. The few of us in the office that hatched this idea were met with raised eyebrows from some of the other staff members: "Fifteen-thousand dollars by May 15th?"
I'm Dan Owens, a Rural Policy Program Organizer at the Center for Rural Affairs. I'd like take a moment to welcome you to the new home of the Blog for Rural America, within the Center for Rural Affairs website. We're excited about our many new capabilities, and we look forward to refining our blog as we go along. Many thanks go to Brian Depew- our "relatively" new guy at the Center who has redone our entire website, including this blog.
The last day to submit applications for the 2007 Farmers Market Promotion Grants is tomorrow (Friday). Mike Heavrin with the Center for Rural Affairs says there are thousands of dollars available to communities that want to either start a farmers market or spruce up the one they have.
Public education is available to all children across the United States. The quality of that education – and the challenge of delivering it – varies from one community to another, especially in rural areas.