Aimee Diehl writes from her home in rural Cornwall, VT, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and a dog.
Mill Village Farms, in Greenville, SC, won $1,000 from Gardener's Supply.
The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is a nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening. The association recognizes that community gardening improves people's quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education.
In 2013, the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) and Gardener's Supply awarded $4,000 to four community gardening organizations. Recipients were selected based on need, community involvement, influence on the community and the number of people served by the project. Gardener's Supply also supports ACGA by providing scholarships for recipients to attend the ACGA annual conference.
"All of the community gardens that applied for 2013 grants deserve praise and thanks for the good works they do in their neighborhoods," said Bill Maynard, vice president of the ACGA board of directors. "Selecting this year's grant winners was very difficult — there are so many worthy programs."
"As always, we are thrilled to be an ACGA sponsor, and to be able to help provide these grants to such sustainable, active, and effective community gardening programs," said Gardener's Supply director of gardening relations and good works, Maree Gaetani.
The 2013 ACGA/Gardener's Supply Company Grant Program winners each received $1,000 to spend on materials or equipment needed to improve or maintain their gardening projects. The winning organizations include:
6th Street & Growing Community Gardens
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Community Garden
The O'Brien Community Center Garden
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