New gardens are funded in 26 communities.
WICHITA, Kan. – Kansans in 26 communities – urban to rural – will have greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables this year, thanks to nearly $123,000 in community garden grants awarded by a partnership between the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension.
The grants, which could total up to $5,000 each, were awarded by the Kansas Community Gardens Program to help start new community gardens across the state, said Evelyn Neier, K-State Research and Extension associate extension specialist in youth development. The program has awarded a total of about $400,000 over the three-year life of the program. This is its final year.
“We awarded grants to all different types of gardens. Some are ‘allotment’ gardens where individuals can rent their own space, some are ‘communal’ spaces where produce is grown collaboratively and distributed for the good of the community, and some are a combination of both,” said Neier, who is based in Wichita. “We were happy to see applications from all parts of Kansas, including small, rural communities such as Quinter and Oswego, and larger metropolitan areas like Salina, Wichita, Kansas City and Olathe.
The Root 151 Community Garden in Olathe, for example, is based at the Olathe Bible Church but will provide a place for members of the community to learn about gardening, share ideas and work together to grow food for their homes and local food pantries.
The Neosho Heights Community Garden in Oswego is a collaborative effort of the local school district, First Southern Baptist Church, K-State Research and Extension, 4-H, FFA and local citizens. Elementary students will learn about gardening and high school students will serve as volunteers.
Grant funds will be used to purchase such resources as tillers, irrigation supplies, storage sheds, site improvements and tools.
The grant recipients for 2014 (by community) are:
- Belleville - Harvest Community Garden;
- Cheney – Cheney Community Garden;
- Derby - Oaklawn Community Garden;
- Dodge City - Sunflower Community Garden;
- Emporia - La Bonita Garden of Grace;
- Garden City - Finney County Master Gardeners Garden;
- Hiawatha - NEK-CAP Community Gardens;
- Horton - Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas Community Garden;
- Kansas City - Somali Bantu Foundation of Kansas;
- Lawrence - Lawrence Community Shelter Garden;
- Lawrence - Pearl Clark Community Garden;
- Linn - Linn Community Garden;
- Oswego - Neosho Heights Community Garden;
- Minneapolis - Minneapolis Community Garden;
- Olathe - CCC Community Garden;
- Olathe - Growing Together, a Community Garden at Olathe Bible Church;
- Ozawkie - Napoleon Boone Garden;
- Quinter - Corner Community Garden;
- Salina - Church Community Organic Garden;
- Topeka - Quincy Community Garden;
- Wamego - Wamego Community Garden;
- Wichita - CLASS Communal Garden;
- Wichita - God’s Garden;
- Wichita - Leadership Academy Garden;
- Wichita - Robin Rounds Memorial Garden; and
- Wichita - Urban Prep Academy Community Garden.
More information about the Kansas Community Garden Program and the recipient gardens is available on the website and by contacting Neier at 785-410-3760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: Mary Lou Petermlpeter@ksu.eduK-State Research & Extension News
Evelyn Neier – 785-410-3760 or email@example.com