From Sharon Schafer of Taproot Kitchen:
Taproot Kitchen needs your help! We have submitted a grant application in the 2017 Seeds® of Change Grant Program, and need you to vote for us on their website.
Seeds of Change®, a leading producer of sustainably grown organic seeds and nutritious organic foods, is a true seed-to-plate brand committed to helping people create healthier and greener communities.
They deliver an annual Grant Program that benefits school and community gardening and farming programs in the United States, because they understand the value of food, farming, sustainability and nutrition education. Through the donation of a percent of net sales, this year, Seeds of Change® is awarding $310,000 in total grants to 24 garden projects around the country.
Please visit the Seeds of Change® Grant Program website at seedsofchangegrant.com to help increase our chances of receiving grant funds to support our gardening initiatives.
You can vote once per day from March 30 to April 19.
Once voting closes, the 50 organizations with the most votes will move on to the final judging phase and 24 recipients will be announced around May 8.
Our entry has been added to their Gallery of Growers. Check it out now!
Since 2015, Taproot Kitchen – a group of families of adult children with intellectual disability (ID) – has partnered with several community volunteers to transform an overgrown downtown lot into The Mazza Community Garden, a thriving food forest with ten raised beds, an orchard, berry patches, and chickens. The garden serves as a showcase for permaculture and homesteading practice, and inclusive community.
If awarded, funds would be used to host educational community workdays in which we will add several beds of edibles and beehives, and to remove a stand of invasive trees to create room for 8 more garden beds.
Funds would also be used to develop Taproot Kitchen’s farm to table culinary training program which is partnering with local businesses and volunteers to develop marketable skills and build relational networks that can lead to jobs.
The voting period is from March 30 to April 19 and people can vote once per day, per garden.
For more information about Seeds of Change® or the Seeds of Change® Grant Program, please visit seedsofchangegrant.com. You can also share photos of your time in the Mazza Community Garden on Facebook and Twitter using #SeedsofChangeGrant.