2019 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant Winners
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening celebrated the first day of spring 2019 by announcing the recipients of this year’s Gro More Good Grassroots Grants. 175 school and nonprofit organizations across the United States were awarded funding to create or enhance their youth garden programs. More than 62,500 children will benefit from increased experiences with gardening and outdoor play.
The Gro More Good Grassroots Grant Program is part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company’s Gro More Good initiative that is committed to helping connect 10 million children to the benefits of gardens and greenspaces by 2023. With nonprofit partners Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, KidsGardening, Major League Baseball, National Farm to School Network, National Head Start Association, National Recreation and Park Association, and No Kid Hungry, the potential to grow a greener, healthier generation who loves to garden has never looked brighter.
The 2019 Gro More Good Grassroots Grants supported all types of community-driven garden and greenspace projects that directly engage youth. From school food pantries to youth homeless shelters, after-school programs to therapeutic day care programs, this year's Gro More Good Grassroots Grantees are making a positive impact in the lives of the children they serve. Here are a few stories from this year’s recipients:
Northland Family Help Center's Youth Shelter Garden - Flagstaff, Arizona
Northland Family Help Center’s Youth Shelter Garden serves homeless youth ages 4-17 who reside at the shelter, allowing them to pick and snack on fresh fruits and vegetables while also benefiting from the therapeutic nature of gardening. Funds will be used to expand the garden program and purchase more hardy perennial and self-renewing annual plants.
Via Rehabilitation Services, Inc.- Santa Clara, California:
Via provides weekend respite programs and longer summer camps to children and teens with developmental, physical and intellectual disabilities. Their Growing My Plate program combines horticultural lessons with independent living and culinary skills in their year-round accessible garden and greenhouse.
Our Daily Bread of TN, Inc. - Knoxville, Tennessee
Serving low-income families with children enrolled in child care facilities, Our Daily Bread's Taking Root Tennessee initiative aims to influence positive food choices in children by bringing gardening opportunities to childcare settings. They supply childcare providers with raised garden beds, seeds and training materials to create successful garden programs.
Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary - Dallas, Texas
An urban public school, Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary will expand their existing native plants and pollinator garden with a new educational vegetable garden inside the school premises. The garden will provide practical experiences for students in biology, ecology, mathematics, health, history and language arts. Harvested produce will be sent home with students, all of whom qualify for free school meals.