“It’s inspiring to learn about the amazing work these community gardens do, and we’re excited to be able to support their plans through Gardens for Good”, says Jyoti Stephens, VP of Mission and Strategy. “We know how important it is to create greater access to healthy organic food, and we’re honoured to support these incredible gardens that have stepped up to nourish their communities.”
Submissions to this year’s program included various community gardens with a shared vision of providing nutritious and organic food to those without access to it in their communities. Community gardens provide numerous benefits including the provision of healthy foods, community gathering places, and educational programs on horticulture, nutrition and food preparation.
The winners of the Gardens for Good grants include:
- Bowman Elementary’s Urban Garden Program
- Deep Roots Homeless Shelter
- Michigan Urban Farming Initiative
- Ben Jones Community Garden
- Green Acre Community Garden
- The Grove Garden Project
- Healthy for Life Garden Program
- Chelsea Urban Farm
- Pitney Meadows Community Gardens
- Project Sweetie Pie
- New Start Community Garden
- West Broad Street YMCA Garden
- Variety Garden and Greenhouse
- YES Prep Public Schools – North Forest Elementary
- Indigenous Roots Forever
- The Everybody Eats Together Garden
- Jardin communautaire de Shippagan
- Tsi’thotuhutsya:te (The Creators Land)
- Cultivating Change at 509 Hanson!
- Downtown Eastside Urban Farm
- VEG (Valleycliffe Edible Garden) and Beyond
- West Island Mission – Food Bank
In addition to the $5,000 grant, all winners will receive a bundle of garden goodies from Grow Organic, a package of Nature’s Path Organic food products, and a commemorative plaque.
With this year’s contribution, Nature’s Path has donated over $615,000 and supported 74 community garden projects globally.