Cultivate Community Gardens Awarded Grant by St Joe Community Foundation
April Wilkes, Executive Director of St. Joe Community Foundation, presents Cultivate Community Garden board members with grant funds to go towards construction of South Walton's first community garden. (L-R Diane Ott Whealy, Tracy Miller, April Wilkes (St. Joe Community Foundation), Alissa Aryn Greer)
Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. -- March 13, 2020 -- Cultivate Community Gardens (CCG), the first community garden in South Walton, announced the organization is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the St. Joe Community Foundation. The funds will be used towards the initial construction of the community garden to be installed this summer at Padgett Park in Santa Rosa Beach. “We are pleased to see more non-profits interested in developing partnerships to improve the community’s sustainability and this community garden will be a great amenity for Padgett Park” said April Wilkes, Executive Director of St. Joe Community Foundation.
“We are so grateful for the support of the St. Joe Community Foundation and thrilled to begin construction of the first community garden in our area,” said Tracy Miller, South Walton resident and one of the founders of Cultivate Community Gardens. “We are eager to see our plans come to fruition and be able to offer the space to grow and create long-lasting, healthy relationships with our neighbors and natural environment.”
The community garden will be located at Padgett Park on JD Miller Rd in Santa Rosa Beach. Per their agreement with Walton County, CCG will establish, manage and maintain a pesticide free, non-GMO community garden. The garden will offer hands-on learning opportunities while providing community members the space, education and skills related to sustainable gardening practices and land stewardship.
Initially the fenced-in garden will offer approximately 20 raised garden plots with soil and drip-line irrigation, allowing space for future expansion. Applications for plots will be available in the near future and will be approved on a first-come-first-served basis for a nominal annual fee. A set number of beds will be reserved for local schools and civic groups who wish to have a space to garden and learn the benefits of gardening and issues important to the environment.
Cultivate Community Gardens is currently looking for individual and corporate sponsors to support the construction of the garden. To see the plans and learn how to sponsor a garden plot for a fellow gardener, please visit our website at cultivatecommunitygardens.org. CCG also has several volunteer opportunities available for those who want to be involved during the fundraising and construction phase.
About Cultivate Community Gardens
Cultivate Community Gardens Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that will manage and oversee the construction of the first community garden at Padgett Park in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. as well as maintain the overall operation of the garden. With a fast-growing, dynamic community like South Walton, Cultivate Community Gardens will offer a gathering space to connect people and help build community identity and spirit as well as create long-lasting, healthy relationships among neighbors and the natural environment. For more information, volunteer opportunities and plans for Cultivate Community Gardens, please visit their website at cultivatecommunitygardens.org or Facebook Page @cultivatecommunitygardens.
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