HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT) -

The Holmen School district is asking for the community's help in expanding its gardening programs.

The school district is in the running for the Seeds of Change Grant, but needs the public's vote to be a finalist. The grant is part of nationwide program supporting community based gardening and farming efforts. So far 300 organizations have registered, but only 17 get the grants. The grants range from $10,000  to $20,000. Holmen has six gardens at each of its school sites and even a field of sweet corn.

The district says gardening is a great way for students to learn how food gets to their plate.

"A lot of kids grow up not realizing where their food comes from or how it's grown and all of these programs students are involved with our gardens from the tilling of the soil in the spring, to the harvesting it in the fall, to bringing it  in the kitchen where the cooks will cook it for them," says Michael Gasper, a Nurtiion Services Supervisor for the school district.

The district hopes to use some of the money to start raising chickens. Voting runs from April 1-st  through the 21-st. People can use their Facebook account to vote once a day at  www.seedsofchangegrant.org