Since 2009, the Greater Greenville Master Gardener Association has funded service and education programs in Upstate of South Carolina through the Ellen Hilderbrand Community Grant Program.
Our grants support new organizations, as well as proven programs. We fund school gardening programs, community gardens, and beautification projects as well as a host of other projects. All of our grantees encourage knowledge and promotion of gardening and horticultural education for our community.
AWARDEES OF ELLEN HILDERBRAND MEMORIAL GRANTS FOR 2018
On November 26, Evelyn Onofrio, Chair of our Grants Committee, announced the 12 recipients.
Brook Glenn Elementary School PTA Partial funding to establish a Family Gardening Club of the PTA. The first project is to include refreshing the window boxes at the school entrance with soil amendments and new plants.
Community in Schools of Greenville Partial funding for “The Mindful Garden” project. The money will offer gardening education to teach children in a Title 1 school where they have little experience growing their own food, to connect academic standards to real-world concepts, to provide a safe area where students can talk through problems while using their hands, and to furnish inspiration about nature.
Greenville Council of Garden Clubs Funding new signage for trees where the original signs have been damaged.
Greenville Middle Academy Partial funding to expand existing garden space, including additional raised beds, which will be filled with sensory plants to offer a safe space for special education students during a time of stress.
Greer Middle College Charter High School Funding for the implementation of Clemson University’s School Gardening for SC Educators Program, a horticulture-based program designed to help educators grow successful school gardens.
Mental Health America of Greenville County Partial funding for the implementation of a garden for residents of Victor Village to grow flowers and vegetables. Funding includes the registration fee for a horticulture education class through the Spartanburg Clemson Extension. This course will be taken by the new property manager for Victor Village.
NEXT High School Funding for a Tower Garden system for the science lab. The tower stands 5’ tall, holds 20 plants, and uses a state-of-the-art vertical aeroponic growing system. It recycles nutrients and water, using less than 10% of the water of a traditional garden. It is to be located in an area where the entire student body has frequent meetings.
Sans Souci Neighborhood Alliance Funding for the installation of an irrigation system in the community garden. The Sans Souci Community Garden was started in early 2011, includes 19 raised beds, a fruit tree espalier, and a community gathering spot. The Sans Souci Community Garden is a wellrespected concert venue, with six or more concerts a season, April-October.
Slater-Marietta Elementary School Funding for a year-three goal of establishing a full gardening program for grades K4-2, with cross-curricular lesson plans. The program encompasses all students working in the garden and growing produce for the cafeteria and the farmers market. The supply list includes benches for a seating area in the garden, notebooks and printing for lesson plans, trade books for each grade level, and miscellaneous materials, such as earthworms, seeds, and vegetables to taste.
Sterling Elementary School Partial funding to continue completing the Butterfly Garden that was refurbished by a GGMGA grant in 2017. To be added are plants, compost bin, rain barrels, plant signage, border rocks, and compost/topsoil for new plant additions.
Stone Academy Funding to continue completing the “Secret Garden” project, started two years ago with GGMGA funding of a garden shed. Covered in this year’s funding will be an 8’ plastic folding table, shovel, rake, soil, irrigation timer, nozzles, and plugs, using the EnviroScape model with Clemson Extension seeds.
Sustaining Way Fund two scholarships for the Steward Youth Program, one for spring and one for summer, garden tools, and a Learning Lab by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Steward Youth Program and Annie’s House are ongoing projects that educate youth in a sustainability-based community, workforce, and personal development. The program is designed around six categories: consumption and waste, energy, environmental sustainability, food and landscape, social sustainability, and healthy lifestyles. Most of the students spend the majority of their time at Annie’s House in the organic garden.
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