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[SULLIVAN COUNTY] – The Catskill Edible Garden Project is vying for a Seeds of Change grant and needs assistance from supporters around Sullivan County. Two top prizes of $20,000 will be awarded, as well as 15 grants of $10,000 each.
To help, individuals need to go to www.seedsofchangegrant.com and follow instructions. Enter zip code 12752 to find the project. Then click “vote” next to the Catskill Edible Garden Project. Votes may be cast once every day until voting ends on April 21.
The Catskill Edible Garden Project works with schools and community organizations in Sullivan County to design edible gardens as living classrooms to teach about food and nutrition. These projects offer access to healthy local food, “hands on” youth development experience and exposure to food and agriculture as important aspects of the community, culture and potential career opportunities.
The project has gardens located at:
• Cooke Elementary School in Monticello
• RJK Middle School in Monticello
• Hebrew Day School in Kiamesha
• Sullivan West Elementary School in Jeffersonville
• Liberty Elementary School in Liberty
• Roscoe Central School in Roscoe
• Cornell Cooperative Extension in Liberty
The Seeds of Change grant would support the purchase of a geodesic dome greenhouse – a four-season, solar-powered growing laboratory and learning center – extending the growing season and learning opportunities for the community. Increased food production would enhance the garden-to-cafeteria and community service initiatives, and would offer year-round access to fresh food for students and families.
The Catskill Edible Garden Project also offers a youth summer employment program to train, mentor and inspire the next generation of food entrepreneurs. The summer program includes a community service component which donates produce to local food pantries; and a garden-to-cafeteria initiative to incorporate healthy foods into student lunches.
The project is a collaborative effort among Catskill Mountainkeeper, Center for Workforce Development, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Green Village Initiatives and Sullivan Renaissance.
For more information contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445.