Community gardens across the U.S. and Canada will each receive $5k grant as a part of the brand’s mission to bring fresh, organic foods to all
Richmond, B.C. (April 14th, 2021) – Nature’s Path, North America’s largest certified organic breakfast and snack food company, announced today the winners of their annual Gardens for Good program, recognizing the critical role of community gardens and their efforts to provide access to organic, fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables.
With more than 350 submitted grant applications, Nature’s Path brought in extra resources to vet and select 21 winners – adding a 22nd grant at the last minute – to each receive $5,000 to support local gardening efforts. Special consideration was given to gardens serving BIPOC communities, disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
“With so many deserving applicants and amazing stories about local community garden impacts, it was so hard to choose only 21 gardens to receive our grants, which is why we added an extra at the last minute!” said Jyoti Stephens, VP Mission and Strategy at Nature’s Path. “The overwhelming response to this year’s Gardens For Good program shows us that – amidst a time when access to nutritious foods became a critical challenge due to the pandemic – local communities have rallied together to support each other. It is truly heartwarming.”
Submissions to this year’s program included various community gardens with a shared vision of providing nutritious food to those who do not readily have access to fresh, organic produce. Not only do these gardens provide healthy foods, they offer community gathering places and educational programs on horticulture, nutrition and food preparation.
“After a year of physical distancing, it feels wonderful to celebrate so many gardens that are bringing their local communities together in a healthy way. After such a challenging year, it’s time to get back to the roots of good health and happiness. That’s what these gardens do,” continued Stephens.
The winners of the Gardens For Good grants include:
- AfriThrive Garden
- Alief Community Garden
- Arcata Community Health and Wellness Garden
- Arma Community Garden
- Ashamaawaso (s/he feeds a child)
- Black Urban Farmers Association
- Cheyenne River Youth Project Winyan Toka Win Garden
- Cowichan Green Community’s The Inclusion Garden
- Food Strong Learning Garden
- Galiano School Garden
- Gardeneers Piccolo School Garden
- Harris Health System’s LBJ Hospital Community Farm
- Jubilee Community Garden Society
- Manna Meal Community Garden
- Mohawk Seedkeepers
- Odyssey Charter School Garden
- Painted Turtle Farm
- South Los Angeles Community Farm
- The Ben Jones Community Garden at The HUUB
- The Gathering Place Garden
- The Healing Garden at Ferry Lane Farm
- Trellis for Tomorrow
Depending on location, some winning gardens will receive hand deliveries of their grants by Nature’s Path ambassadors. All winners will also receive Food52 Garden Totes and a MyGardenPlanner “success bundle,” an online planner that guides the process of creating an edible garden, and Nature’s Path goodies including a mini-garden tote and a commemorative plaque.
With this year’s contribution, Nature’s Path has donated over $515,000 and supported 52 community garden projects globally. To learn more about the Gardens For Good Program, visit https://www.naturespath.com/en-us/gardens-for-good/ or follow them on Twitter @NaturesPath and Instagram @NaturesPathOrganic.
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Nature’s Path Organic Foods is North America’s largest organic breakfast and snack food company and produces USDA and Canadian Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified breakfast and snack foods sold in grocery and natural food stores in over 50 countries around the world. Committed to the triple bottom line— socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and financially viable, Nature’s Path works diligently to support communities and champion the cause of people and planet. Brands include Nature’s Path®, Love Crunch®, Qi’a®, Que Pasa®, Flax Plus®, and EnviroKidz®. Founded in 1985, Nature’s Path is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia and employs hundreds of valued team members at its four facilities in Canada and the United States.