Troy-Bilt® was founded on a passion for gardening. Now we're helping five community gardening and beautification projects by donating grant money and Troy-Bilt equipment. Thank you for helping us decide which project should receive the most funding.
Voting ended on May 25, 2014. The community gardening project with the most votes was Keep North Platte and Lincoln Co. Beautiful, receiving a $12,000 grant. Newport News Public Works Recycling was the first runner-up, receiving an $8,000 grant; and Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful was the second runner-up, receiving a $5,000 grant. All five projects will receive new Troy-Bilt equipment to help beautify their local communities.
TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTES 31420
Thanks for your participation and congratulations to the following
Concordia Gardens is a 1.5-acre community garden, which is looking to expand in order to provide the Harambee neighborhood of Milwaukee, which is a food desert, with access to healthy produce.
This grant money could help us purchase 250 yards of soil and compost to expand the garden, 2 hoop houses for year round vegetable production, materials to construct a small water tower and pump for sustainable irrigation, as well as tools for maintenance.
The School Green Space Project, in its pilot year, is aimed at turning an underutilized courtyard area into a more usable, student-friendly outdoor classroom. This project also aims to get students more involved in protecting and maintaining the natural environment and to become better environmental stewards. Focuses of this outdoor classroom include recycling, environmental impacts of plastics and resource conservation.
The Greenwood County community garden has been serving the local community for five years, and has grown from a few raised beds to a variety of gardens, reaching up to several acres in size. This garden has strengthened our community and has donated 12,000 pounds of produce to our local food bank in the past few summers. We are also sponsoring a greenhouse at a local school. With this grant money, we will be able to expand our garden, allowing more community members to grow produce, connect with others, and continue to strengthen our community.
The North Platte community garden will not only offer growing space to community members, elementary school students and others, it will also serve as a space to learn about growing healthy produce and nature in general. School children will learn to grow and sell produce, and this grant money will help us create handicapped-accessible beds. This community garden is set to be a healthy, educational resource for the whole community.
The Florida Learning Garden is a project that will serve as an environmentally sustainable training facility. This facility will provide educational opportunities, service projects and workshops to area schools and community members.
This grant money will be used to implement the Florida Learning Garden educational program and service projects, including a curriculum we are developing with the University of Florida.