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The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners are proud to announce this year’s recipients of NWLAMG Community Grants. NWLAMG awards grants to organizations and municipalities that support beautification and horticultural education within our community. Of particular interest are projects that make a difference in the community, that are sustainable, and involve collaboration among local organizations.

The NWLA Master Gardeners awarded a total of $20,000. The winners of the community grant program are:

DSDC,Inc. – $1470 – The Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation will plant and maintain a heavily traveled area in downtown Shreveport with wildflowers and landscape shrubbery.

Holy Angels AngelWorks Day Program – $2432 – Through the AngelWorks Day Program, participants receive work readiness training and coaching and job placement in the horticultural field. Participants will manage and cultivate a daylily collection donated to Holy Angels, with specially prepared daylily beds.

Little Theatre of Shreveport – $500 – The grant will be used to beautify the theatre’s courtyard with pots, planters and plants.

Loyola College Prep – $3,335 –The LCP Student Vegetable Garden Expansion will include construction of additional raised vegetable garden beds and irrigation. These vegetable gardens are used to teach the students the fundamentals of agricultural practices and to raise awareness in the student population of the process of food production.

Martin Luther King Health Center and Pharmacy- $2,163 – The grant will be used to create an environment where healthy options, access to quality foods, and social support are available in one location. Fruit trees and shrubs will be added to the already established vegetable gardens.

Oakland Cemetery Preservation Society- $4,100 – The society will add a park and irrigation to the cemetery. The cemetery is home to some of the most beautiful monuments in the area. Coupling those with a garden would be a strong force for attracting visitors.

Shreveport Green- $4,500 –Growing Greens at the Bank and the Mobile Market program has been breaking down barriers to access to healthy food for residents of Shreveport’s numerous food deserts. Shreveport Green coupled with ShreveCorp has constructed raised vegetable beds and will add a covered processing station and toolshed with the grant.

In addition to the grants, the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners also donated $1000 to the American Rose Society for their Green Thumb Seminar series and $500 to the Bossier Parish 4-H Summer Camp program.

The NWLA Master Gardeners launched this program in 2010 as a way to give back to the community after all the support given each year for the Le Tour des Jardins, Fall Bulb Sale, and Spring Plant Sale. The mission of the Master Gardeners is to educate the public about gardening and engage our community in horticultural pursuits. Giving these grants allows them to multiply their efforts by aiding and funding projects envisioned, implemented and maintained by other groups.

For more information on the Community Grant Program or each individual grantee, please call the NWLA Master Gardeners at (318)469-9222.