Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Nutrients for Life Foundation?

The Nutrients for Life Foundation is an educational non-profit that provides information and resources to educators and the public about soil nutrients and soil science.

How are you funded?

We are funded by more than 2,000 members who have made donations to the Foundation, ranging from individuals who are passionate about our cause to agribusiness companies.

How much do your materials cost?

All materials are provided to teachers for free thanks to generous donations from our supporters.

Where does fertilizer come from?

Fertilizers are derived from natural elements that are found in the ground or atmosphere. See where phosphate and potash come from in these videos!

How many people do you reach?

Our resources have reached over 5.5 million people since the development of our Feeding the World in the 21st Century curriculum.

Does the Foundation curriculum, Feeding The World In The 21st Century, align with national and state educational standards?

All three levels of curricula, Nourishing The Planet In The 21st Century, align with Science State Standards for all 50 states, National Sciences Education Standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. In addition, the Nutrients for Life Foundation’s website, features a search tool allowing educators to select their state and find which of their state’s educational standards apply to the Foundation’s soil science.

How much time do I need to complete your curriculum? Can the lessons stand on their own?

Each of the curriculum’s lessons can be used individually to fit into your current soil science unit. Each lesson takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. We recommend using the full curriculum over 1-2 weeks to help your students gain the best understanding of soil science.

Do I have to be a member of an FFA chapter to participate in the Helping Communities Grow outreach program?

This program is open to all FFA chapters in good standing in all states. All members participating in the program must be members of an FFA chapter. Chapters who participated in last year’s program may enter again with the understanding that their submission must be different from any previous submission to the Helping Communities Grow chapter recognition program.