LMU receives $1,000 grant from National Gardening Association

Staff Report

March 6, 2014

The National Gardening Association (NGA) announced that LMU (Lincoln Memorial University) Organic Gardening Project has received a $1,000 grant to build a new community garden to promote gardening, health, nutrition and environmental stewardship.

Twenty school and youth-based programs from across the United States were selected to receive $1,000 gardening packages through NGA’s 2014 Youth Garden Grant program, which will be used to help develop and plant food gardens.

Each of the 20 recipient garden programs will receive $1,000 in tools and materials for their gardens including a $500 gift certificate to NGA’s Gardening with Kids online catalog, a tool package from Ames True Temper, plant starts from Bonnie Plants, two Growums Garden Kits, a raised bed from Rustic Cedar and a generous seed donation from High Mowing Seeds.

″We are thrilled to announce this grant, which will provide vital resources to help teach young people in this community about the importance of gardening,” said Mike Metallo, president and CEO of National Gardening Association. ″Through our youth gardening grants we are helping the next generation learn about gardening, an appreciation of the food they eat, providing nutrition education and promoting environmental stewardship.”

For more than 30 years, the National Gardening Association’s Youth Garden Grant program has provided over 5,000 grants to support school and youth-based garden programs. The program has impacted the lives of 178,000 participants with awards valued at more than $2.8 million, a majority of which are located in urban environments.

The Youth Garden Grant program is sponsored through the generous contributions and support from various corporate sponsors including Bonnie Plants, Growums, Rustic Natural Cedar Furniture, Ames True Temper, and High Mowing Organic Seeds.

Eligible programs receiving the grant must plan their garden for 2014 and include at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. The selection of winners is based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden program and education related to the environment, health and nutrition issues, character education, and entrepreneurship in the United States.

To view the complete list of winners, learn more about the 2014 Youth Garden Grant winners, and place an order for gardening supplies and resources visit www.kidsgardening.org.