Happy Monday friends! How are you guys? I’m alright! I put myself to bed last night at 8:30 pm in hopes of getting some more sleep/energy before my upcoming trip. It’s coming up quick! Sometimes you just gotta do that, right?!? But anyway! I’m here because I’m super excited to share this do-good (do-amazing) project with you guys!
You guys know that we’re big on gardens around here. It’s not only important to us to have our own garden, but also to support other gardeners/farmers in our community. If you ask me, gardens really should be the focus of a community. I have hope that one day this’ll happen!
Have you guys heard of the Gardens For Good campaign? It’s amazingggg. Basically, how it works, is that each year any non-profit organic community garden in the United States and Canada can apply for a $15,000 (!!!!!) grant from Nature’s Path to improve their space. FIFTEEN THOUSAND dollars guys! That’s a lot of money that can make a lot of big and amazing changes for a community garden space! It can buy much-needed equipment, build beds, create a class room space, and SO MUCH MORE.
Public/community gardens give A LOT to a community. They allow a community to grow together (pun intended for sure), learn together, create more change and momentum together, and more. Many of these gardens host classes for adults (and often times kids) to learn about the importance of growing organic food and HOW to grow organic food. They create a safe (and free) space for families to spend their time together. And of course, lets not forget, they often provide undeniably important FRESH, healthy, and organic food to neighborhoods that may not otherwise have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Outside of taking part in community gardens (helping to grow food/ joining classes), it’s always super awesome to visit your local markets and/or co-ops where these farmers/gardeners are selling their organic and local produce. I’m sure you guys know this, but buying local is food is important for a ton of reasons. It’s support the farmer/your own community. It’s better for the environs to buy food that’s only been transported a few miles and not across the globe. And studies have shown time and time again, that it’s actually much healthier to eat fruit that’s been picked ripe (instead of green and ripened in a warehouse). The fruit/vegetables become far more nutrient dense and contain far less phytic acid on them. So yeah, theres a lot of good reasons to support your favorite gardens!
Do you have a favorite community garden? Or maybe you’re not part of one, but have wanted to get involved? Or maybe, if you’re like us, you might know a bunch of different amazing farmers trying to create community based organic farm spaces.
Well, whatever the case might be, I highly recommend you find your favorite farmer friend and give them heads up about the amazing Gardens For Good grant that Nature’s Path is offering! It’s supper easy to head to the website and apply. The application period is open until September 30th and then public voting will be open from October 1-15th! And finally one really lucky winner will be announced November 1st!
Over the last eight years Gardens For Good has supported 24 community gardens across North America totally 45,000 in grants EACH YEAR. AMAZING. RIGHT? I’m so obsessed with organic companies on a mission to spread the good guys– and this is definitely one of them.
So I asked you guys the other day, are you trying to make the earth better or just living on it? Well, supporting your local organic farmer is certainly one very easy (and fun and delicious) way to make a small change for a better earth 🙂 Let’s make organic, fresh, real food more accessible to EVERYONE.
Head to the Garden For Good page to apply for the grant or learn more info on the campaign and the past grant winners 🙂
Nature’s Path is an organic family owned food company based out of British Columbia. And they are awesome. Thank you Nature’s Path for being such a wonderful and caring company 🙂 Beyond thrilled to work with you guys and support local farmers and organic growing 🙂
PS. I’ve posted about a few of the gardens pictured above, but if you’re local then give the Delray Children’s Garden a visit, Check out Little River Cooperative, visit Earth N Us Farm, or the Swinton Community Growing Project 🙂 And there’s a ton more, but most are closed until About October– cause you know #floridasummer. Ask around! There are so many amazing gardens that are happy to receive love 🙂