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Master Gardener Association taking grant applications

NRVMasterGardenersThe NRV Master Gardener Association is now accepting grant applications for Spring 2014 gardening projects.  Grants will be awarded based on merit to any educational, care-giving, or community-based organization seeking to educate, involve, and/or improve quality of life for participants through a gardening-related project.  Organizations within the counties of Floyd, Giles, Pulaski and Montgomery are encouraged to apply.

In the past, grants have been awarded to public and private schools, 4-H groups, public libraries, other educational groups and nursing homes. Funding has been provided for creating public gardens, both vegetable and flower, raising plants for sales, purchasing plant labels and gardening tools, and conducting horticulture-related educational programs.

Past and current recipients include the Pulaski County 4-H program for established projects at several elementary schools and the 4-H Community Garden on Route 99 in Pulaski. Funds are used to purchase bedding plants for use in project gardens, plant sales and establishing home gardens. Co-op extension agent Christopher Lichty said that each project “not only serves as a living laboratory for collecting data and reporting results, it also cultivates and nurtures the 4-H members’ appreciation for gardening, horticulture, and the environment.”

Applications are due by November 1 and monies will be awarded by January 31, 2014. For information on the application requirements, contact Donna Fern at vafern3@gmail.com or Maureen Fallon at mofallon56@gmail.com. Phone messages may be left with Donna Fern at 336-380-5242.