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Two new grant awards for community garden

One of 30 grants in 30 days being distributed

6/24/2013, 1:48 p.m.

Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) is awarding “30 Grants In 30 Days” during June 2013. The McDonough Community Garden in Richmond, VA has been awarded a $500 grant in the Beautification Category. The KVB grant program focuses greater resources and attention on organizations and individual localities throughout the Commonwealth and how they are addressing the issues of litter prevention, recycling, waste reduction, beautification and education.

KVB provided the opportunity for government, non-profit and/or service organizations in Virginia to apply for one of (30) grants of $500 in three different categories: Beautification, Litter Prevention, and Recycling. These grants are made possible by Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation.

The McDonough Community Garden is an 8500 ft2 garden located in a previously vacant lot. This community garden provides healthy fresh produce to its nearby residents. The McDonough Garden would like to install an edible living fence to create a wind block, provide more edibles for its gardeners, and perhaps most importantly provide a wildlife habitat to attract nature's pollinators; bees. By using fruit trees, berry bushes and grape vines, they will not only create a beautiful functional addition to their garden but also produce fruits and berries for consumption. KVB could not have thought of a better addition to already successful community garden than an edible fence, we are happy to provide McDonough Community Garden with a grant to help grow their sustainable future.