Inch by Inch, Row by Row… Grant Makes Garden Grow

Posted by SCC on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012.

It looks like the Los Valles office is at it again.  Check out this announcement in the Salida Citizen about their community garden projects.

Grant helps Southwest Conservation Corp with garden

Posted by Citizen Team on April 17, 2012

The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to develop a garden with Support from a ScottsMiracle-Gro GRO1000 Grassroots Grant

Southwest Conservation Corp today announced the installation of its garden at 701 Highway 50. The garden is part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company’s GRO1000 initiative, designed to create 1,000 gardens and green spaces throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018, the Company’s 150th anniversary.

SCC received a GRO1000 Grassroots Grant award to help construct the initial infrastructure. It was one of more than 100 organizations across the U.S. to receive funding for a garden or green space build. Once the project is complete, SCC will continue to use the garden to grow food for its conservation crews.

The Southwest Conservation Corps has several upcoming volunteer opportunities that we thought you might be interested in. We are launching a new gardening and agriculture program and need your help prepping new garden sites in Salida.

According to Tyler Lincoln, AmeriCorps VISTA, “We were excited to receive the
grant support for the Los Valles and Moonstone Gardens. It is our hope that through the
development of this space, we can bring our community even closer together, while
educating our residents about the benefits of gardening.” Community gardens and public green spaces play an important role in towns and cities. The gardens in Salida will provide a place for the community to gather and work together to grow fresh produce. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that Americans throw away more than 11 billion pounds of produce each year. Despite that surplus, 4.1 percent of U.S. households experience hunger, 2.9 million of whom are children. Through this garden, residents will be encouraged to eat healthier through cost-effective means.

To learn more about the Los Valles and Moonstone Gardens, and upcoming volunteer opportunities contact Tyler Lincoln at tyler@sccorps.org.

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