As part of its strong commitment to organic agriculture and desire to empower local communities, Nature’s Path Foods (Richmond, BC, Canada) has announce the winners of its sixth annual “Gardens for Good” grant contest, which helps put organic community gardens where they will serve those who need them most. The three non-profit organizations to receive grants are St. Mary’s Foundation for Children in Bayside, NY, Everett Community Growers/La Communidad Inc. in Everett, MA, and Ken Spenser Science Park Urban Gardens at Science World in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
“We are honored to support these extremely worthwhile organizations; not only are they creating positive change in their communities and providing organic food for those who might not otherwise have access to it, but they are also helping to cultivate socially responsible leaders who will bring people together to impact their community,” said Arran Stephens, co-CEO and co-founder of Nature’s Path. “It is a privilege to work with them and help good things grow from the ground up.”
According to Nature’s Path, out of the 120 entries from non-profit organizations making an impact at the local level, the three winners listed above rose to the top. The winners were among nine other finalists who earned the most public support by way of online votes, and were ultimately selected based on the compelling, empowering and inspirational nature in which they described their organic garden project; the feasibility to establish and maintain the garden; and demonstrated community need of those who stand to benefit from the fruits of their labor. The organizations will each receive a $15,000 cash grant for their community garden project from Nature’s Path, and technical design and production mentorship for up to one year from Rodale’s Organic Life.
For more information, visit www.naturespath.com.