Rewarding Community Gardens

For the 2010 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards, three community gardens received top honors.

| April 30, 2010

Three outstanding community gardens from across the United States have been honored with 2010 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards.

Honored with the Grand Prize Award of $2,500 in plants was the Cleveland Botanical Garden for its Green Corps Urban Youth Program that is creating a “learning farm” on what was once a blighted urban lot. Teens from the surrounding low-income area will get hands-on instruction in organic gardening and farming principles while raising healthy food for themselves and their neighbors.

Chosen for the First Place Award of $1,500 in plants was the SEEDS program in Durham, North Carolina, which is developing community gardens and a youth-driven, urban farming leadership development program that empowers teens by teaching organic gardening, sound business practices, healthy food choices, and food security values.

Honored with the Second Place Award of $1,000 in plants was Gifford Park Community Garden in Omaha, Nebraska. With assistance from the Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards, Gifford Park Community Garden will expand its Teen Market Garden Program, which teaches young adults about healthy living through gardening and connects youth with adult role models.

“The winners of the 2010 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards are nonprofit gardening projects that are truly making a real difference in their respective communities,” says Jeffrey Dinslage, president of Nature Hills Nursery, which sponsors the national awards. “We are proud to support these local efforts to create and expand gardens that foster education and food independence in urban environments.”

The Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards were created to give national recognition and $5,000 in plants to community organizations and groups who are making “hands-on” improvements to their local environments.

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