By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair.
Thanks to the garden lovers, community members and great sponsors who championed our 2018 Mill Creek Garden Tour, we’ve been able to award a total of $6,350 to three terrific recipients of our Giving through Gardening grants.
Mr. Johnson’s Fifth Grade class at Forest View Elementary wrote their own grant request for a raised garden bed, which is part of an eco-science project. The students researched the needed supplies and cost to build the raised bed for growing vegetables at their school. The grant will be used to purchase the necessary tools, lumber and planting soil. The fifth graders will learn sound horticultural practices as they grow a vegetable crop. Garden Club wishes them well and hopes any rascally rabbits don’t nibble on their veggies!
On Tuesday, November 27th, Hope Creek Charitable Foundation will launch a “Giving Tuesday Matching Campaign” to raise money for an automatic sprinkler system at its Community Care Garden. For every dollar the Foundation raises, Mill Creek Garden Club will match it with $3, up to a total of $1,000. The garden, located at Gold Creek Community Church, provides fresh vegetables and fruits as it serves families in the 98012-zip code. Embrace the Challenge, Garden Club hopes to divvy up the entire $1,000!
Farmer Frog is the recipient of a Partnership Grant from Garden Club. Farmer Frog provides a hands-on learning experience, working with schools and community groups. The students are taught how to grow and use fresh foods, all while protecting the environment. MCGC’s grant will be used at Olivia Park and Discovery Elementary Schools, both in the Everett School District. This award will reach about 1,600 students as the edible garden becomes a teaching classroom with benefits—veggies!
Help keep “Giving through Gardening” blooming; support our 5th Annual Mill Creek Garden Tour scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2019. Together we can make a difference.
MCGC’s Grant Chair Kathi Zehner hands over the check to Mr. Johnson and his students. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.