Community Gardens Recognized Nationally

Community Gardens Recognized Nationally

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

The Cleveland Botanical Garden was given the Grand Prize Award of $2,500 in plants for its Green Corps Urban Youth Program that creates a “learning farm” on what was once a blighted urban lot. Teens from the surrounding low-income area get hands-on instruction in organic gardening and farming principles.

The SEEDS program in Durham, N.C., took the First Place Award of $1,500 in plants for developing community gardens and a youth-driven, urban farming leadership development program that teaches teens about organic gardening, healthy food choices and sound business practices.

Gifford Park Community Garden in Omaha, Neb., received the Second Place Award of $1,000 in plants for its Teen Market Garden Program, which teaches young adults about healthy living through gardening.

“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. “We are proud to support these local efforts to create and expand gardens that foster education and food independence in urban environments.”

The winners were chosen from more than 200 applications submitted by community groups, nonprofit organizations and gardening programs across the country. Nature Hills Nursery is an Omaha-based web-only retailer that sells trees, shrubs, perennials and other plants.

For more, visit the Nature Hills Nursery website.

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