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Grow Your Park

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Through a partnership with Darden Foundation, NRPA is pleased to offer 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.

2014 Grow Your Park Grant Application

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

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

Community Gardening Handbook

NRPA has produced a Community Gardening Handbook specifically designed for park and recreation agencies to plan, fund, implement, and sustain community garden programs. This resource will help park and recreation professionals better serve their communities by increasing youth participation, nutritional awareness, and stewardship.

View The Handbook 

Case Studies and Best Practices

The 2010-2011 Grow Your Park Case Studies and Best Practices publication highlights successful community garden projects across the country.

View The Case Studies

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