Grow Your Park

  Darden Foundation

Through a partnership with Darden Foundation, NRPA offered grants for community gardens through the 2014 Grow Your Park grant program. The primary goal of these grants is to benefit low-income families through the donation of locally grown fruits and vegetables. 

Research through Grow Your Park has shown that community gardens contribute a number of positive impacts on participants and the surrounding community, such as

  • Supporting community health and wellness, and healthy lifestyles
  • Creating and strengthening intergenerational connections
  • Revitalizing neighborhood parks
  • Providing access to fresh produce and affordable nutritious food
  • Promoting self-sufficiency
  • Strengthening community through public-nonprofit partnerships
  • Growing connections to the natural environment
  • Supporting children’s physical and emotional development
  • Encouraging youth entrepreneurship and “green” career paths

For more information about the Grow Your Park program, contact Colleen Pittard