The Gardens on Spring Creek and the Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek are pleased to announce that the Colorado Health Foundation has awarded a grant for $120,000 to support the Community Garden Outreach Program at The Gardens for two years.
Funding from the Foundation will be used to complete piloting of the Family Garden Program teaching low-income families how to grow fruits and vegetables; the nutritional benefits of fresh produce; and how to cook and preserve the harvest. In addition, funding will allow The Gardens to continue providing technical support to individuals and organizations wanting to build gardens to serve low-income populations.
The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by investing in grants and initiatives to health-related nonprofits that focus on increasing the number of Coloradans with health insurance, ensuring they have access to quality, coordinated care and encouraging healthy living. Learn more about the Colorado Health Foundation at coloradohealth.org.
In expressing gratitude for the support of the Foundation, Michelle Provaznik, Executive Director of The Gardens, stated, “This grant significantly bolsters our efforts to increase the availability of community gardens in Fort Collins while educating gardeners about the health benefits of gardening. It is a wonderful way for us to fulfill our mission to enrich the lives of people and foster environmental stewardship through horticulture”.
About the Gardens on Spring Creek
The Gardens on Spring Creek opened in May 2004, part of a vital public/private partnership between the city of Fort Collins and the Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek. The Gardens currently includes a showpiece Plant Select® Demonstration Garden, a Children’s’ Garden, the Garden of Eatin’, a Rock Garden, and the Xeric Parkway Strip. The Gardens also supports school and community garden outreach programs in low-income areas; offers a school field trip program and youth summer camps for grade school students; provides year-round educational programs for all ages and interests in horticulture; and hosts several special events to help connect people with each other and their community. In 2011, The Gardens hosted over 47,000 visitors. Learn more about our community botanic garden at fcgov.com/gardens