The award, announced last fall, will sponsor and support urban school and community garden installations in five U.S. cities this spring. Winners will receive up to 500 vegetable and herb plants, a generous donation for garden supplies, on-site assistance and more.
“We are overwhelmed at the response for this award and with the amount of organizations eager to bring vegetable gardening into the classroom and community,” says Carolyn Dixon, Burpee’s national sales manager. “The application review process has been long and intense, but we’re thrilled this award is part of the growing movement to bring fresh vegetables to urban youth.”
The “I Can Grow” Youth Garden Award will be presented to established or start-up programs that have demonstrated a well-developed and staffed plan for a youth-centered educational gardening program with emphasis on nutrition and food production, environmental awareness, social responsibility and scholastic integration.
The “I Can Grow” campaign is committed to the renewed interest in home vegetable gardening among novice gardeners and encourages the availability of fresh produce for children.
An announcement of the five winning applications will be made sometime this month. Watch for details soon at BurpeeHomeGardens.com.