Community Garden Grant Recipients Announced by World Renew
In early 2017, five community gardens projects in Kent and Muskegon counties received funding and training grants of $1250 to grow their projects and increase their benefit to local community members. World Renew, an international community development and disaster response organization based in Grand Rapids, MI, recently announced its community garden grant recipients.

The Food & Faith Growing Project was a pilot program designed to help faith-based organizations in West Michigan use community gardens as an entry point to connecting with their neighborhoods as well as

  • Start or re-energize a successful community garden / growing project in a way that contributes to asset-based community development
  • Dialogue around issues of local and global hunger, food security, creation care, and immigration
  • Produce healthy food that will benefit those in need

The matching grant provides technical assistance through Urban Roots. Host sites will receive

  • garden help every step of the way, from seed to putting the garden to bed for winter
  • Regular site visits and on-site leadership and education for your community members
  • Access to high quality garden tools and expert food growing knowledge
  • Guidance with the physical work of building beds, weeding, and transplanting
  • Solutions for harvesting and distributing the food produced in your space
  • Classes on Cooking, food preservation, etc.
  • Regular (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly) facilitated group dialogues around topics that deepen our understanding of our relationships to the natural world, our neighbors, and the divine

The grants were awarded to the following recipients:

  1. All Saints Academy Middle School, Grand Rapids

  2. C A Frost Elementary Environmental Science Academy (in partnership with Westview Christian Reformed Church), Grand Rapids

  3. Covenant Community Church (in partnership with Community enCompass' McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm), Muskegon Heights

  4. Fuller Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids

  5. Trinity Christian Reformed Church, Grandville

 

Faith-Based Community Garden Resources

If you are interested in starting or enhancing your community garden, World Renew recommends the following resources:

ECHO Community Garden Toolkit
Why Every Church Should Plant a Garden
Baltimore Food and Faith Project
Gardens in Faith Based Settings

The pilot project has now concluded. For more information about the sharing garden model, contact Urban Roots https://www.urbanrootsgr.org/sharinggarden