New Hanover County Cooperative Extension and Feast Down East are the winners of $200 mini-grants awarded by The North Carolina Community Garden Partners (NCCGP) as part of their Gardeners Recreating Our World (GROW) project.
Four schools in New Hanover County and one organization in Brunswick County have been awarded the mini-grants. Award recipients include Bellamy Elementary School, Island Montessori School, Myrtle Grove Elementary School, Wrightsboro Elementary School and Shallotte Community Garden. The various organizations will use the grant funds to build and enhance school and community gardens
The grant requires recipients to provide education to others in their community about the materials and share information that they learned while attending the GROW workshop, which was held at the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension Office in November 2014. Projects will provide education to the community by building school and community gardens and using those gardens as learning environments for students and community members.
The grants help NCCGP to meet a goal of increasing the number of community gardens in North Carolina that are practicing environmentally friendly gardening techniques.
New Hanover Extension Agent and GROW workshop co-organizer, Susan Brown, said: “Community gardens are popping up all over the county in schools, churches and neighborhoods. It is a great way to get your hands in the dirt while building relationships with others and learning a little at the same time. Community gardens build stronger communities.”