K-State Research and Extension News
December 18, 2012
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Community Garden Grant Applications Due Jan. 15


MANHATTAN, Kan. With holiday activities winding down, Kansas communities are urged to begin planning spring and summer gardens and to apply for a Kansas Community Garden Grant.  

Grants up to $5,000 grants are available by the Kansas Health Foundation, in cooperation with K-State Research and Extension, which administers the grant effort.

The garden grant program was introduced in 2012 to encourage gardening as a healthy physical activity and to teach garden skills while encouraging gardeners of all ages to learn more about how to grow health-promoting fruits and vegetables and incorporate them into meals and snacks.

Evelyn Neier, a horticulturist and K-State Research and Extension 4-H youth gardening specialist serves as state coordinator for the garden grants. She said 24 successful 2012 grant recipients requested funding to meet a variety of needs in establishing new community gardens, including:

* Site preparation;

* Installation of water wells and irrigation lines;

* Garden tools;

* Construction of a shed for equipment and tools, and

* Miscellaneous start-up expenses.

For example, many grant recipients also funded educational sessions on choosing the seeds, planting and caring for plants through the growing season, harvesting fresh produce, and adding it to family-friendly meals and snacks.

There’s also a social aspect to community gardening, said Neier, who explained that community gardens can bring residents together in new ways to support personal goals in improving health, yet also support improving community health.

The deadline for the Kansas Community Garden Grant applications is Jan. 15.

More information about the garden grants is available at K-State Research and Extension offices in each of the state’s 105 counties and online at Kansas Community Gardens

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K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Nancy Peterson
nancyp@ksu.edu
K-State Research & Extension News

Evelyn Neier is at 785-410-3760 or eneier@ksu.edu