For its efforts to build and sustain agriculture and food self-sufficiency, Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council Inc. has received a Nature's Path Organic Foods' fourth annual Gardens for Good Grant. The program helps support organic community gardens in areas that need them the most. The $15,000 grant will help Tri-Isle work with the Hali'imaile Community Garden to build and sustain an agricultural community around food self-sufficiency through educational outreach and garden space.
The mission of Hali'imaile Community Garden, founded in 2006, is to build community around food self-sufficiency. To many in the community, the garden is an important resource for physical, material and mental health that improves their quality of life. The project serves individuals and families from the full spectrum of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds present on the island.
The garden's newest project, the "Goodwill Garden," works to grow produce specifically for weekly donations to local food banks and organizations that feed the hungry to provide fresher, more nutritious food to those in the community that need it most.
Tri-Isle was one of 153 entries submitted to the Gardens for Good Grant. The other two winners are located in Ontario and Michigan.
The winners earned the most public support by way of online votes, and were ultimately selected based on the compelling, empowering and inspirational nature in which the organization described the organic garden project; the feasibility to establish and maintain the garden; and demonstrated community need.
The Gardens for Good Grant program is part of Nature's Path commitment to urban agriculture and aims to empower communities to take action and grow organically where they live.