It's back to school time, and there is a full class of fresh grants and programs to promote youth gardening. To learn more, read on.
The Minute Maid/Junior Master Gardener program seeks to grow healthy minds and bodies with its Good Kids Garden Grants Program. The partnership will award 40 JMG groups/classrooms with grants that will help support efforts to create outdoor gardening projects at schools and community centers. The grant package, valued at $500, will pay for a class set of JMG Level One curricula materials, including one JMG Teacher/Leader Guide and 20 JMG Youth Handbooks, and $50 for gardening supplies. Any classroom teacher or youth group leader can apply. You may obtain a hard copy of the grant application by mail or fax. Email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the fax number or mailing address you would like the application sent to. Growing Good Kids Garden Grants winners will be notified by Oct.15 and posted at www.jmgkids.org. The application should be mailed no later than Sept. 15 to National Junior Master Gardener Program, Growing Good Kids Grants Program, 225 HFSB, 2134 Texas A&M University System, College Station, TX 77843-2134.
The Captain Planet Foundation gives money to promote the understanding of environmental issues. The foundation currently awards $500 grants for projects such as creating organic gardens or adopting streams. The project should focus on hands-on involvement, involve children and young adults 6 to 18 (elementary through high school) and help young people develop planning and problem solving skills. The next quarterly deadline is Sept. 30. For more information, contact the Captain Planet Foundation, One CNN Center, Suite 1090, Atlanta, GA 30303.
The Organic School Garden Awards Competition, sponsored by the Rodale Institute, seeks to inspire youth to garden organically and to promote regenerative gardening practices. School students nationwide, grades K through 12, are invited to enter this Organic School Garden Awards competition. The entry deadline is Oct. 31. The awards range from $250 to a first place Organic Gold Award of $1,000. Any school within the 50 United States with an organic garden may enter the contest. The winning schools will be notified in December 2003. All entries will be acknowledged in an online "Gallery of Gardens" in January. To register and for more information, write The Rodale Institute, Organic School Garden Awards, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA 19530.
The Toshiba America Foundation offers grants for projects that enhance science and math teaching and learning. You can learn more on the TA Web site, www.toshiba.com, or by writing Toshiba America Foundation, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor, New York, NY 10020. The phone number is (212) 596-0620. Kindergarten through 6th-grade applications are due Oct. 1. Seventh- through 12th-grade applications for less than $5,000 are accepted anytime, while requests for more than $5,000 are due Feb. 1 and Aug. 1.
The National Gardening Association supports programs across the country that actively engage kids in the garden. To be eligible for the following grants and awards programs, your school or organization must plan to garden with at least 15 kids between the ages of 3 and 18. Each year, hundreds of schools and community organizations with child-centered outdoor garden programs receive seeds, tools, garden products and educational resources generously donated by companies in the lawn and garden industry. Selection criteria include leadership, need, sustainability, community support, innovation and educational environmental and/or social programming. The annual application deadline is Nov. 1. To get an application, go to the NGA Web site for children's activities, www.kidsgardening.com, or write National Gardening Association, 1100 Dorset St., South Burlington, VT 05403. Also, you can call (802) 863-5251.The NGA also sponsors a children's gardening photo contest. The deadline for entry is October 2003. For more information, go to the Web site. Applications for the NGA partnership grants listed below can also be found on the Web.
The National Gardening Association and Gardener's Supply Company have partnered to support schools and community organizations that use gardens to teach about nutrition and explore the issue of hunger in the United States. Under the Healthy Sprouts Award program, each of 25 programs receives an award package of seeds, tools, garden products, and educational resources for growing a vegetable garden. Five of these programs also receive $500 cash and a $200 gift certificate to the Gardener's Supply Company catalog. The selection of winners is based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden and nutrition education and hunger awareness. At least 10 percent of the food produced from the program should be donated. Applications are available from the National Gardening Association. The next application deadline is Feb. 28.
The Kids Growing with Dutch Bulbs grant, sponsored by the Mailorder Gardening Association and administered by the National Gardening Association, awards 500 schools with a package of 200 premium Dutch flowering bulbs. Selection criteria include student involvement, curriculum integration, and administrative support. Applications are available in January each year. The annual application deadline is April 1. The application is available through the National Gardening Asssociation, with contact information above.
Fine Gardening magazine, a publication of Taunton Press, and the National Gardening Association announce the first annual Landscapes for Learning Awards for youth gardens. Applicants should demonstrate a child-centered plan that emphasizes youngsters learning and working in an outdoor garden. Areas considered include participation, design process, and creativity.
Cathy Peterson belongs to the Clatsop County Master Gardener Association. "In the Garden" runs weekly in Coast Weekend. Please send comments and gardening news to "In the Garden," The Daily Astorian, P.O. Box 210, Astoria, OR 97103 or online at email@example.com
Garden incorporates Victorian styleNEWPORT - The Oregon Coast History Center's heritage garden is thriving, thanks to a volunteer's care.
Under the caring and knowledgeable hands of volunteer Paula Cline-Jones, the heritage garden in front of the Oregon Coast History Center's Burrows House Museum is undergoing a revival. Established in 1994 with a grant from the Chas. H. Lilly Co. and developed with guidance from Susan Busler, Lincoln County extension agent, the garden has had a number of caretakers.
Cline-Jones, who has a bachelor of science degree in horticulture from Oregon State University and is a Lincoln County OSU master gardener, will talk about the garden at the Sept. 14 annual meeting of the Lincoln County Historical Society which will be held at the Oregon Coast History Center. The public is invited.
While studying Victorian garden style, Cline-Jones says she realized that the historic elements were simply expressions of the fashion of the day and part of the ongoing progression of gardening. Some of these expressions made sense and came forward through the years, like showcasing exotic specimens, hardscaping and garden furniture, and the formal symmetry of herb gardens. Her work in the garden has included creating a "carpet bed" that resembles a faded Persian rug.
For more information about Cline-Jones' talk, call (541) 265-7509. The Oregon Coast History Center includes the Burrows House and Log Cabin museums, research library, gift shops and administrative offices. The museums are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Monday. (Winter hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will go into effect Oct. 1.) The History Center is administered by the Lincoln County Historical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Lincoln County.