Since 2009, the Greater Greenville Master Gardener Association has funded service and education programs in Upstate of South Carolina through the Ellen Hilderbrand Community Grants 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 2021-22
by GGMG Grants Chairperson Alice Sobray
The Greater Greenville Master Gardeners Association has again completed a successful community grants program for the coming year. The committee met, made site visits, and reviewed this year’s applicants. Funds are being distributed to the following worthwhile projects.
Woodmont High School: for the Agriculture Department’s use in educating students. Two agriculture teachers submitted the grant proposal for their greenhouse program to be used by three teachers and approximately 540 students. They will germinate seeds, plant them in hanging baskets and pots, and care for them to full growth to be sold in a spring plant sale. These funds will subsidize the following year’s project. The money from us will buy the seeds, soil, hanging baskets, inserts, hangers, and special pots.
Sans Souci Neighborhood Alliance: for a new program being developed—a Kids Art Club—and more supplies for their Community Garden. We previously funded a shed and a sprinkler system for this vibrant community program, which maintains 15 active gardeners and multiple events in the space, such as movie nights, holiday parties, concerts, and cookouts. The Kids Art Club is the brainchild of the garden organizer and former elementary art schoolteacher (whose parents are Master Gardeners). The teacher will conduct classes for 5-10-year-old children in the garden, or in the nearby church during inclement weather. She will use nature and horticulture to inspire the art projects and invite local artists in to teach as well. A lawn mower and requested tools for the Community Garden are to supplement and replace some worn ones they currently use.
Oakview Elementary School: to support the South Carolina Science Standards for kindergarten and first and fourth grades. The science curriculum at those levels pertains to organisms and our environment. They will replenish their current six raised beds and do purposeful gardening lessons for hands-on, real-life experiences with plants and their environment. The lessons will be prepared and executed by the classroom teachers under the supervision of the assistant principal. The garden will be used by 30 adults, 121 kindergarten students, 159 first graders, and 171 fourth graders. The beds are behind the school in a fenced area and need to be redone with soil, plant cages, and seeds, in addition to purchasing gloves and gardening tools.
We look forward to future visits with these awardees and watching their projects develop—pictures to follow at a later date!
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