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Support the MSU Tollgate Farm's Access for All Educational Programs Fund

Students farmingMSU Extension Tollgate Farm and Education Center in Novi, MI provides 4-H non-formal educational programming for youth, adults, families, schools, and groups, offering them the unique opportunity to experience agriculture hands-on in an urban environment. 160 acres of pastures, fields, forest, and pond provide an exceptional location for learning to take place. Using research-based curriculum and methods, MSU Tollgate instructors lead visitors in exploring the farm and the natural world, encourage appreciation for locally grown food, and assist schools in meeting educational standards. All too often children grow up thinking food comes from a grocery store or community members do not have essential information to make decisions related to environmental issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these issues and the financial need of our audience is greater than ever. By providing experiential learning, we hope to connect people to land, water, and food and create stronger, healthier communities even in the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Give to the MSU Tollgate Farm's Access for All Educational Programs Fund and ensure that our team can deliver low-cost 4-H agriculture education to under-served audiences during the pandemic.

Programming is fee based to support the employment of highly qualified instructors, care for livestock, and educational materials. A financial aid fund exists to support families, schools, or individuals who are experiencing financial hardships but wish to attend an MSU Tollgate program. The goal of the financial aid fund is to provide as many 4-H youth and adults as possible the opportunity to learn and experience the farm. Financial aid funds reduce the cost of programming in typical years by up to 50%. During the pandemic, we have provided aid up to 90% or 100%.

A committee of dedicated community members including staff, past program participants, and site volunteers’ award aid based on the needs of the participants, potential impact on their learning, cost of the program, and potential for meaningful collaboration. The committee also works to develop donations to ensure that each year opportunities for financial aid exist. By giving to this fund, you are making it possible for participants with financial hardships to experience meaningful educational opportunities at MSU Tollgate Farm. Together we can achieve or mission of developing healthier, stronger communities. 

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 21OOPCF1GTTGF” in the note section.

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