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Master Gardeners award 2014 grants

4/17/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

SUMMIT COUNTY — Master Gardeners of Summit County, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with The Ohio State University Extension, provides annual grants to nonprofit, educational or public entities in Summit County for garden or horticulture-related projects with an educational component.

This year, 24 applications were submitted. The committee members reviewed all the applications and awarded nine grants for a total of $5,867.40. This brings the total of the grants awarded since the program’s inception to more than $42,000. 

The 2014 grant recipients are:

  • Personal Health Partner (PHP) Program Cultivating Health and Nutrition Through Gardening Education (CHANGE), which will help low-income elderly citizens to grow container gardens on their apartment balconies;
  • Crouse Community Learning Center School/Community Garden, which will provide a place for neighbors and students to meet and share a common interest in gardening and provide healthy food for their families, supply community members with knowledge they need to garden and provide students and community members of all ages and abilities an accessible place to garden;
  • Food Forest of Glendale Steps, which will revitalize the historic Glendale Steps into permaculture demonstration gardens;
  • Haven of Rest Resident Men’s Garden Project, which will allow the participants to develop teamwork skills beneficial in the workplace and also gain the knowledge and experience to be able to grow their own food, which will help them to be more self-sufficient;
  • Let’s Grow Akron Community Composting Cooperative, which will set up well-managed composting operations at three garden sites in the city to be teaching models that demonstrate best composting practices to promote community composting as an integral part of community gardening;
  • Pilgrim United Church of Christ Community Gardens Cold Frame Project, which will build three cold frames to use in the existing garden boxes, created last year, to extend the growing season and offer fresh produce to church members and free community lunch clients earlier in the spring and later into the fall;
  • Springfield Township Park Board Pollinator Garden, which will be used as an outdoor classroom for educational purposes by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, students and the community-at-large;
  • Salvation Army Learning Zone Butterfly Garden and Certified Monarch Way Station, which will provide an educational opportunity for the children of The Learning Zone to explore agriculture, nature and good stewardship of the earth through the retoration of monarch butterfly habitat; and
  • Harry Donovan Jr. Valor Home Peace Garden, which will provide homeless veterans practical instruction on how to become partially self-sufficient in raising vegetables and fruits to help maintain a healthy diet when they graduate from their residential program and to learn about the nutritional components filled by eating vegetables and fruits.
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