Congratulations to The 2016 Youth Garden Grant Winners. Twenty youth programs have been selected from close to 600 applications to receive a package valued at over $500.
Since 1982, KidsGardening.org has awarded Youth Garden Grants to 5,436 schools, nonprofits, and youth programs across the United States contributing over 2.9 million dollars in funding to youth gardening initiatives. This year, Youth Garden Grant is sponsored by KidsGardening.org's generous donor base with contributions from Ames, Bonnie Plants, Cloudfarm, Eartheasy, Ecotonix, Gardener's Supply Company, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Rain Bird, and SmartPot.
Congratulations to The 2016 Youth Garden Grant winners!
- Sussman Middle School - Downey, CA
- Buena Vista Horace Mann Community School - San Francisco, CA
- UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County - Seffner, FL
- Eagle Woods Academy - Lithonia, GA
- Lanier Middle School - Sugar Hill, GA
- Maconaquah High School - Bunker Hill, IN
- Greenfield Central Jr. High - Greenfield, IN
- Indianapolis Lighthouse Academies South Campus - Indianapolis, IN
- Johnson County Northeast Office - Mission, KS
- Dodwell House - New Orleans, LA
- Peace Lutheran Community Garden - Minneapolis, MN
- Great River School - St. Paul, MN
- Preferred Family Healthcare Kirksville Adolescent Program - Kirksville, MO
- Currituck Extension Foundation - Barco, NC
- Parkway Elementary - Boone, NC
- Blue Ash Elementary - Blue Ash, OH
- St. Stephen's Lutheran Academy - Zelienople, PA
- Becker Elementary School - Austin, TX
- Bradley Elementary School - Mount Hope, WV
- Peterson-Central School - Weston, WV
Here are highlights from two of this year’s winning programs:
Bradley Elementary School – Mount Hope, West Virginia
Art teacher Julie Midkiff spearheaded a collaboration between Bradley Elementary school, the PTO, and local farmers and gardeners to create the Community O’Keeffe Flower and Vegetable Garden Project. Their garden project engages third, fourth, and fifth graders in planting, maintaining, and harvesting while incorporating garden-based lessons throughout the school’s curriculum. The project’s name was inspired by the fact that that they use the garden to provide living examples of flowers and vegetables for students to explore when studying Georgia O’Keeffe in art class.
Preferred Family Healthcare Kirksville Adolescent Program – Kirksville, Missouri
The Preferred Family Healthcare Kirksville Adolescent program is launching a brand new garden they are calling the Growth and Recovery Garden. The mission of this new garden program is to provide opportunities for personal growth for youth experiencing substance use disorders and related issues. They hope to inspire behavioral change by modeling the responsibility necessary to nurture growth in the actual garden. They will also offer life skills training and education related to nutritional and healing properties of plants and use the garden’s harvest for basic culinary training. Additionally, the garden program strives to provide an outlet for expression and stress management through the incorporation of garden art and a meditation space.