Austin farmer directs donation to Woodson Kindergarten Center

Published 5:53 pm Friday, September 10, 2021

Woodson Kindergarten Center got a boost in its STEM education thanks to a donation from a local farmer and the Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

Local farmer, Rick Loucks recently directed a $2,500 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to Woodson.

Woodson teacher Alisha Galle was the recipient of that grant, which will use the funds to purchase STEM based play center carts for each classroom to use throughout the school year.

“Our school family appreciates our local farmers and is very grateful for the Loucks’ family for selecting our school and students to receive this generous donation,” said Jill Rollie, principal of Woodson Kindergarten Center.

Since 2010, the America’s Farmers programs have awarded more than $59 million to nonprofits, aspiring ag students and public schools across rural America. Farmers are leaders in their communities, which is why America’s Farmers programs rely on them to help identify the most worthy causes.

The Grow Communities program asks farmers across the country to participate by nominating nonprofit organizations with resources to strengthen their local communities. Last August, farmers entered for the chance to direct a $2,500 Grow Communities donation to a local eligible nonprofit of their choice. Farmers have directed donations to food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others that reflect the spirit and support the vibrancy of rural America.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, including those in rural regions, and farmers play a critical role in helping communities overcome challenges, like the ones we’re currently facing,” said Al Mitchell, Bayer Fund president. “Bayer Fund is proud to work side-by-side with farmers to identify local eligible nonprofit organizations that are able to provide their residents with solutions that leave a lasting impact.”

To learn more about how America’s Farmers programs are making an impact, visit

Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.