Master Gardeners award grants
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Master Gardeners of Summit County awarded the following grants to community organizations through the Tour of Garden’s Partners Grants:
• The Potomac Center in Tallmadge — $625 for a garden at the Potomac Center. The purpose of the garden will be to strengthen the employee’s appreciation of freshly grown food as well as to provide the basic knowledge and experience of gardening, an experience many individuals with disabilities have not yet had the opportunity to enjoy, according to the organization.
• Richfield Branch Library — the NatureConnect Place — $1,000 to bring the garden to children. NatureConnect seeks to establish nature-learning spaces at the Richfield Branch Library as a means to offer programs and services to the community on nature and nature literacy with trained and knowledgeable staff.
• The Blick Clinic — $875 to support a Therapeutic Garden Experience With Developmental Disabilities. The project is designed to help adults with developmental disabilities in Blick Clinic’s Day Programs experience the joys and challenges of planting, tending and harvesting garden produce.
• The Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron — $750 to expand its Organic Vegetable Garden to create an outdoor educational space where children can learn about organic gardening, ethical eating and hunger issues in the community. Children will have the opportunity to participate in the garden from planting all the way through harvesting.
• Faith Fellowship Church — $500 for the Garden Harmony Project. Garden Harmony strives to develop and maintain gardens to inspire and educate children and families through sustainable gardening practices. They will provide an opportunity to garden and learn new techniques as well as coach others interested in learning to garden.
• The Regina Health Center — $500 to assist the Therapeutic Garden With the Elderly project. The garden activities serve to increase social interactions, positive reinforcement and resident self-worth, as well as providing opportunities for mental stimulation.
• The Habitat for Humanity Community Garden — $750 for the Habitat for Humanity Community Garden to provide partner families and the citizens of Summit County with the space and tools to grow their own food. Its goal is to encourage the cultivation of local, healthy food and meaningful interaction in the community.
Master Gardeners of Summit County is a program of The Ohio State University Extension Service to support research-based gardening methods and offer public education on horticultural subjects.
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