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NWLA Master Gardeners’ Community grant recipients

Some of the recipients of the NWLAMG community grants, pictured from left to right: Major Carla Binnix and LeKesha Mosley with The Salvation Army, Garrett Johnson and LaToya White with The Philadelphia Center, Renate Michael and Becky Miller with University Elementary School, and Cheila Malone and Shree' Young with The Town of Stonewall.

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 $5,000. The winners of the community grant program are:

  • Evergreen Life Services – $1800 – Evergreen Life Services will create raised community garden beds for growing vegetables at two of their facilities. Besides the therapeutic benefits of social engagement, the residents will also see the personal rewards of growing vegetables that they can have with their meals.
  • The Philadelphia Center – $500 – Raised beds will be created at The Philadelphia Center’s Mercy Center. These beds will be used to teach gardening skills and also be used as outdoor therapy.
  • Salvation Army – $600 – The Salvation Army will install a garden to beautify the entrance of their Corp Community Facility.
  • Town of Stonewall – $1,500 –The grant will used for the creation of the Stonewall Community Orchard at the Community Park. The community orchard will help the citizens of Stonewall choose a healthier lifestyle.
  • University Elementary School- $600 – The school will plant and maintain oak trees at the elementary school as part of the Honor Society’s study of native plants.

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.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.