Laurel Highlands Peoples Garden Project Announcement:
Natural Biodiversity and Pennsylvania Environmental Council are spearheading a project that will facilitate the creation or refurbishment of 10-20 community gardens within the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape region of Pennsylvania, to include the following 7 counties: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Indiana, Somerset, and Westmoreland.
With assistance from partner stakeholders, project managers will select proposed gardens to receive $1,000-$5,000 in development funds, plus plant material from Sandyvale Memorial Gardens propagation area or another source, and technical assistance from the growing network of expert stakeholders committed to the project.
The selected community gardens will collectively represent a mixture of produce, wildlife habitat, and recreation spaces intended to provide nutrition, nature exploration, and sustainable agriculture service learning opportunities for underserved populations in the Laurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania. This project is intended to be highly collaborative and innovative, thereby seeking creative and integrated approaches to garden development and community involvement. For example, a produce garden that incorporates permaculture principals will be favored over one that does not. The project time period is expected to be: January 2012 – December 2013.