Calling all schools and youth groups nationwide! It’s that time of year again – GEF and Gardener’s Supply Company are offering a $5,000 dollar grant to an existing gardening program through the Green Thumb Challenge. This award is designed to support a youth garden program that has demonstrated success, encouraged education and provided a chance for children to connect with their community. With the application deadline about two months away, there’s plenty of time to submit your own project!
In 2011, the Andrew Cooke Magnet School took home the $5,000 grant to improve the conditions of an existing green house on their campus. (Read their guest blog that talks about best practices for starting a school greenhouse!) Since 2009, their greenhouse underwent major reconstruction lead by Todd Freer, the schools’ science teacher. After a grant from Pepsi and donations from the community, the Cooke’s greenhouse became the focus of the Growing Green Science Curriculum. Unfortunately, the ventilation system failed after the rehabilitation process, leaving the greenhouse useless, considering it was impossible to grow anything in those conditions. However, the Green Thumb Challenge grant allowed the Cooke School to make sufficient repairs and now plant growth is able to sustain itself year-round! With this repair, Freer is working to achieve his goal that when his students continue their education, they realize science goes beyond the classroom.
To be considered for this grant you must:
- Be an existing garden program involving children currently in grades K-12
- Complete the Application Process
- Submit entries to our email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail to the GEF office (153 Washington Street, 4th Floor Walpole, MA 02032) by September 30.
Gardens are a great way to bring sustainability and education to your institution! By growing a garden you engage in community, learn through hands on activity, produce nutritious food, and much more! Enter your garden for the chance to win a $5,000 grant today!Post by Jacquelyn Hynes, GEF Intern