WATERMAN – Since 2010, the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association (DAAHA) has been preserving and sharing the history of agriculture and its innovators in northern Illinois. Employees from the Waterman Monsanto site chose the organization to receive a $5,040 grant from the Monsanto Fund as part of their 2014 site grant initiative.
“DAAHA shares the history of agricultural innovation through gallery exhibits, outreach programs and presentations,” DAAHA Curator Donna Langford said. “However, our visibility and connection with our target audiences is not what it needs to be. We are particularly interested in extending our reach among the younger generation, who represent the future of agriculture. By implementing an integrated social media strategy, we intend to engage a larger audience, boost participation, help people connect with northern Illinois’ legacy of agricultural innovation, and inspire young people to become part of the next generation of agricultural innovators.”
The grant will allow DAAHA to expand its staff with an intern dedicated to the project.
Overall, six nonprofit organizations received a total of $50,040 in grants through the Waterman site this year.
Grant-winning organizations include Clinton Township Public Library, Cortland Community Library, DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District, Family Service Agency, and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
“It is great to provide these resources to small community organizations,” site lead John Robben said. “These organizations are deserving of these grants because of their strong focus on the people of the community. As a neighbor just down the street, we want to do anything we can to help.”