National Garden Bureau Eligible For Grant From Toro

National Garden Bureau Eligible For Grant From Toro

The National Garden Bureau is one of four non-profits eligible for a grant from Toro lawn equipment.

NGB is the sponsor for Growing Solutions Farm, a vocational therapy garden for young adults with autism in Chicago, Ill. The organization applied for the grant in September and was recently notified that it is one of four finalists.

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To vote for NGB, visit the Toro Facebook page, click on the Green Spaces Make Great Places Grant Program post or tab and vote for the video titled Growing Solutions Farm. Voters are not required to register or like the Toro page. Individuals can vote once per day.

The non-profit with the most votes will receive the $7,000 grant. Second place will receive $4,000 and third and fourth place will receive $2,000 each.

Growing Solutions Farm, located in the Illinois Medical District, Chicago, Ill, is a 1.5-acre therapeutic urban garden oasis where young adults with autism work together with teachers, volunteers and agency staff to develop soft skills and resumes, to lead to future success in the workplace.

To date, the campaign has raised nearly $16,000 in cash and product donations to provide young adults in the program with more raised beds, educational opportunities, tools and plants.

NGB is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and increasing the use of flowers and plants among gardeners and non-gardeners. Inspired by the Growing Solutions Farm, the organization decided to jump in to help raise the funds needed to make it a full reality. The goal of the campaign is to raise $30,000 in cash and an additional $20,000 in goods and services from horticulture industry suppliers.

Growing Solutions Farm was created by the Julie and Michael Tracy Family Foundation/Urban Autism Solutions (JMTF) to offer vocational learning opportunities to autistic adults.

To donate or to learn more about the campaign, visit the campaign’s page on IndieGoGo.com. Click here to learn more about Growing For Futures and click here for more on Growing Solutions Farms. For more information about the National Garden Bureau, visit NGB.org.