We are pleased to announce the three winners of this year’s Growing Spaces In-kind Grant Awards. Each of these well deserving organizations has diligently planned and raised funds for their school and/or community gardening program that will include a Growing Dome® greenhouse. It is with great joy that we join the movements to contribute to and support these beautiful projects.
First Place: Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley in Alamosa, CO
The Boys & Girls Club was working ahead of schedule this year and we awarded their grant early so they could build their new greenhouse before the spring season. Read more here: https://growingspaces.com/first-place-boys-girls-club-of-san-luis-valley/
Second Place: Littleton Academy in the Littleton Public School District of Littleton, CO
Littleton Academy has placed health and wellness as a top priority for their students. Principal Shelly Russell had this to say about adding the Growing Dome to Littleton Academy’s existing outdoor garden, “Receiving these funds would help to significantly increase the awareness, participation and enjoyment of the garden, greenhouse, health and sustainability activities among Littleton Academy students, staff and families and move our community toward important wellness goals.” The mission of this project is “to create an environmentally efficient and sustainable greenhouse which can be funded after inception by the revenue generated from the selling of seeds, flowers for Mother’s day, organic vegetables, and herbs. A greenhouse gives the capability to grow and produce outside of the normal growing season, so it would be a year-round enterprise. This committee has already built a school garden from the ground up; we are now looking to expand the seasonal benefits of a garden to a greenhouse which produces year-round… The students of today are the environmental stewards of the future, and by instilling a love and understanding of the life cycle, we are nurturing a group of environmentally-responsible young students who will be the decision-makers of the next generation.” Littleton’s efforts have been well promoted. You can learn more about what they are doing by visiting their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LASA-Littleton-Academy-School-Association/123930567702820 and there’s a great fundraising video on their webpage: https://sites.google.com/a/lps.k12.co.us/lagarden/
Third Place: Eva’s Village in Paterson, NJ
Eva’s Village has a mission to “feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted, and provide medical and dental care to the poor with respect for the human dignity of each individual.” They have a culinary arts school for their clients and a community kitchen that serves over 300 people every day including mothers and children at Eva’s Village Hope Residence. Their primary outcome is to increase the amount of fresh organic product available to their Community Kitchen and Hope Residence. Eva’s village has been in operation for 35 years and has over 1,200 volunteers. They feel this project will have an impact on people’s lives because replacing pre-prepared, conventional food with organic food will provide more nutrients to people, offer superior tasting meals, and reduce the amount of carcinogens they are exposed to, especially the children. They express “quite simply we will be feeding our clients food that is healthier for them and their children.” To read more about the Eva’s Village Greenhouse Project and Eva’s Village itself visit: http://evasvillage.org/greenhouse-project-hope-residence-benefit.shtml. You can find them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Evas-Village/103503382974?fref=ts
Growing Spaces LLC has a mission of helping people live a better, healthier way of life AND raising awareness about caring for this planet we live on. We are a socially responsible business that has always given back to schools and communities around the world, primarily in the form of discounts on our Growing Dome greenhouses. These discounts to school and community Growing Domes are available through the Growing Spaces In-Kind Grant Program. We accept applications throughout the year for this program and the deadline for next year’s applications is March 30th, 2015. Awards are announced in May 2015. To apply for the grant you must fill out and submit our application form. All instructions on how to do so are contained on the first page: https://growingspaces.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Growing-Spaces-Grant-Application.doc