Big day for our teaching garden! We were awarded a $500 grant to purchase gardening supplies for our teaching garden. It’s like a gardener’s dream come true. Unlimited money (okay $500) to buy whatever you’d like.
Currently, we are having a gardening shed created for us using reused materials (of course). We’re having a shed made of black fence planks from our property. If you’re every in the Woodford County area, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Horse farms run rampant in this area. Each farm tends to have at least one fence (some double fences) around their property. In other words, with wood fences, you’ll gather a load of non-aesthetically pleasing boards in no time. So we’re making a shed out of 0.005% of our pile. We used another 0.002% last year to construct raised beds. We’re doing our part.
Back to the grant! See the email notification below. It’s no joke.
"Dear Youth Garden Grant Recipient,
Congratulations! You have won this year’s 2012 Youth Garden Grant Award sponsored by Home Depot and presented by The National Gardening Association.
Of the approximately 2,500 applications submitted, you are one of 100 winners selected. Winning programs reflected the importance of garden programming to cross-curricular studies, environmental education, and health and nutrition while demonstrating the important role gardens play in the lives of students, teachers, and the community. As a winner of the Youth Garden Grant program you will receive a $500 gift card to the Home Depot.”