NWLA Master Gardeners award grants

Two grants will fund raised bed gardens at local non-profits.

Two grants will fund raised bed gardens at local non-profits.

The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners are at it again – giving away money!

The group recently announced this year’s recipients of its community grants, awarded to organizations and municipalities that support beautification and horticultural education within the community.  Of particular interest are projects that make a difference in the community, that are sustainable, and involve collaboration among local organizations.

The NWLA Master Gardeners awarded a total of $5,000. The winners of the community grant program are:

  • Evergreen Life Services – $1800: Evergreen Life Services will create raised community garden beds for growing vegetables at two of their facilities. Besides the therapeutic benefits of social engagement, the residents will also see the personal rewards of growing vegetables that they can have with their meals.
  • The Philadelphia Center – $500: Raised beds will be created at The Philadelphia Center’s Mercy Center. These beds will be used to teach gardening skills and also be used as outdoor therapy.
  • Salvation Army – $600: The Salvation Army will install a garden to beautify the entrance of their Corp Community Facility.
  • Town of Stonewall – $1,500: The grant will used for the creation of the Stonewall Community Orchard at the Community Park. The community orchard will help the citizens of Stonewall choose a healthier lifestyle.
  • University Elementary School- $600: The school will plant and maintain oak trees at the elementary school as part of the Honor Society’s study of native plants.

The NWLA Master Gardeners launched the program in 2010 as a way to give back to the community after all the support given each year for the Le Tour des Jardins, Fall Bulb Sale, and Spring Plant Sale.

For more information on the Community Grant Program, call the NWLA Master Gardeners at 318-469-9222.

Congratulations to all the winners.

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