Our Sow It Forward garden grants program is now accepting applications here: http://SowItForward.org . Whether you’re interested in planting a school garden, community garden, food bank garden, library garden, homeless shelter garden or some other type of healthy food garden in another creative place, our program might be able to help with seeds, supplies, cash and planning materials thanks to some awesome sponsors. We welcome applications from all corners of the country and planet. Only applications submitted through our website will be considered. Let me know if you have any questions or problems applying (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll be glad to help!
We’re going for a big day today with 70 votes which would move us from 3rd place into second. For those of you who’ve voted before, it’s even easier to vote again (2 clicks instead of 3). We may be the smallest nonprofit in the top 3, but what we lack in size we can make up for in spirit!
About this photo: Pictured here are three healthy, happy little girls “checking out” some melons from the Berlin Branch Library Demonstration Garden in Ocean City, Maryland, a KGI Sow It Forward grantee last year.
The project is managed by Master Gardeners, who, working with volunteers, till, plan, plant and tend the garden. The purpose of the project is to demonstrate chemical-free, sustainable gardening to the public and to provide needed fresh food to a local shelter and a local church for their food assistance programs. Hundreds of people benefit from the food—either through meals served at the shelter and church or receiving the produce directly as assistance. Over 1,500 pounds of produce from the garden have been donated since 2010.
The bigger, better-funded nonprofits in the contest (an animal welfare org and a substance abuse treatment foundation) have really surged over the past two days pushing our entry back into third place, but I know you gardeners are itching to help. Thanks for voting today and every day through October 31st.
If we win, we’ll use the $5000 grant to fund our Sow It Forward program which supports garden projects like the one featured in this photo. This particular garden happens to be in Concrete, Washington. It caught our eye last year and caught itself a grant for being an exemplary community/school collaboration. The garden occupies three previously unused municipal lots and is surrounded by a perimeter fence; it contains a gazebo and 22 raised beds available for rent on an annual basis. The vacant beds are used to grow produce for the Concrete Food Bank and for clients at the East County Resource Center. In addition, the garden contains a Children’s Garden section where youth under age 18 may garden for free, and a Memory Garden area where people may pause to remember loved ones lost.
Thanks, everyone, for voting for, re-voting for and sharing our entry in the Better Neighbor Fund Contest. We’re up against bigger nonprofits with bigger staffs and budgets so your help is critical: http://tcfcu.meltwaterrise.com/entry/604557
In memory of Marcella Hazan, 4/15/1924 – 9/29/2013
From today’s New York Times: The impact Mrs. Hazan had on the way America cooks Italian food is impossible to overstate. Even people who have never heard of Marcella Hazan cook and shop differently because of her, and the six cookbooks she wrote, starting in 1973 with “The Classic Italian Cook Book: The Art of Italian Cooking and the Italian Art of Eating.”
Our World Kitchen Garden Day virtual tour continues. Next stop: Hungary! Many thanks to our new friends at Pesti Kert Első Kis, a Hungarian community garden group, for organizing this fun and multifaceted event. This gathering seems to have had it all: fun people of all ages, food, drink, learning opportunities, music, dancing and even feats of strength! You can learn more about Pesti Kert Első Kis here: http://elsokispestikert.uw.hu/