Janney Vies for $10,000 Garden Grant

Photo courtesy of Janney Elementary School

Photo courtesy of Janney Elementary School

Janney Elementary School is one of four DC school and community gardens vying for a $10,000 grant from Seeds of Change. In May, Seeds of Change, an organic food and seed company, will award $190,000 in grants to school and community gardens nationwide. Janney seeks the funding to expand its garden project by purchasing seeds and seedlings, installing an irrigation system, and equipping a cooking lab for its nutrition programs.

Supporters of the Janney garden can help the school advance in the grant competition by voting online at http://www.seedsofchangegrant.com/TheGallery.aspx. Enter 20016 in the zip code search box, and click on the image of the Janney garden.

Established in 2011 as part of the school’s science program, the Janney Elementary School Garden project promotes healthy living skills, environmental education, community development, and experiential learning. Janney’s science and history curricula also draw upon the garden to teach plant development and insect life and cultivate herbs and plants common in different historical eras. Edible plants grown in 20 garden beds contribute to the school’s Garden Market. Recognized in 2012 by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education as the best new school garden, Janney’s program serves more than 630 students and their families.

Voting for the grant competition began on April 1 and continues through April 21. The 50 organizations that receive the most votes will move on to the next phase, in which their applications will be judged by Seeds of Change. Site visitors can vote once per day, so supporters are encouraged to come back to the site regularly to cast their votes.

Awards will be announced by May 5. Two gardens will receive $20,000 each; 15 gardens will receive $10,000 each.