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School Gardens Grant Met

Posted on 31st July 2014 at 08:59

Lower Columbia School Gardens Director Ian Thompson is out with a big ‘thank you” to the community, as people step up with donations that have landed a $20,000 grant from the Health Care Foundation. Thompson says that the Lower Columbia School Gardens needed to collect $10,000 in donations to be eligible for the challenge grant, and that money came in over the past two months. Thompson says that it’s extremely gratifying to see the support for this completely community-created and supported effort. He points out that five years ago, there was only one local school garden; now, there are 13. 2,900 local students were involved in the School Gardens this year. Thompson says that the effort is continuing, as additional resources are needed as the program expands. While this $30,000 is great, Thompson says that they still have a goal of raising an additional $41,000 in support. He’s projecting $21,000 in general fund needs, coupled with $20,000 in sales from the upcoming Fall Harvest Event. Get more information on the program and find out how you can help by going to the Lower Columbia School Gardens website.