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Doc's Raised Garden Kit Give Away - Accepted Nominations

We are getting in wonderful nominations! Please browse the accepted nominations so far. We will be contacting the winners in January 2018 to set up delivery.

D. Harvey nominated a family in Atlanta, GA: My Mother is 83 years old. She lost her eldest son suddenly and she regrets that she did not know CPR. I am working with her in the back yard growing food and flowers in containers to heal her heart and soul. She is healing and loves to plant...grow and harvest. The raised bed would be a wonderful addition to her back yard and a catalyst for further healing.

T. Covington nominated an organization in Kernersville, NC: 
Mount Moriah Outreach Center Urban Farm, in Kernersville, North Carolina has a food bank ministry that serves its community and those around. They give freshly grown produce from their garden, located on their church grounds, with a box of non-perishable foods. MMOC urban farm is located in Forsyth County, NC where poverty is spreading, therefore, access to locally grown food is lacking. I would like to submit an article printed in the Winston-Salem Chronicle newspaper in November 2017 and a video that speaks to the work they do locally. I believe a Doc's Raised Garden Kit will add to their much needed resources and supplies to support this awesome acts of kindness and service for a food insecure community.


W. Montgomery nominated a family in Swannanoa, NC:
I’m nominating my mom. She is a foster mother and she is always talking about wanting a garden for the kids that are in her care. She works so hard and takes care of the kids that NEED her. Without her I wouldn’t have my brother whom she unselfishly adopted. She never complains about anything I think that this would be a great surprise for her.
 

M. Queen nominated a school in Greensboro, NC: For the last year and a half a group of parent volunteers at Northern Elementary School have started and Environmental Committee with the goal to help get the children of this elementary school get outside more and learn how to grow food and flowers in raised garden beds.  Our third grade has 3 raised beds but 5 classrooms.  Our goal is to have one raised bed for each classroom so that the classes can have fun growing competitions with each other.  We would love to be considered for this raised bed and get closer to our goal of having 5 raised beds for our third graders this spring.
 
A. Sigmon nominated an organization in Asheville, NC: BeLoved is a community of people living on the streets and margins of Asheville. Together they are working to overcome community struggles by working together and helping each other. They are building community gardens in the heart of food deserts.  They are growing fresh healthy foods and sharing them with dignity through free farmers markets for elders, people on the streets, and families with kids!
 
M. Whitaker nominated an organization in Asheville, NC: Request for the raised garden kit request for the Psychosocial Recovery and Rehabilitation Center which helps veterans build upon exit strengths, develop new skills and achieve a more meaningful life. The program has been able to complete 2 of the raised gardens through a grant and feels the need of a third garden to assist the program and veterans. The program has been such a success and then the veterans are given the opportunity to take the fruits and vegetables to use in recipes under supervision of the VAMC staff. This will continue to provide support to the patients.

T. Kokenes nominated a school in Raleigh, NC: Walnut Creek Elementary is in the process of constructing a garden which will be prepared for spring planting. This is an educational garden to be used by students to increase concept of from garden to table and to offer them the opportunity to experience the entire growth cycle, increase vocabulary and background knowledge and hands-on activities purposeful and relevant to their daily lives.


K. Garland nominated a school in Acworth, GA:
Clark Creek Elementary is a Title One school with many students receiving free or reduced lunch. Because of this, they opened a food pantry, where many of these same students receive a backpack each Friday to supplement their weekend meals. However, much of the food is prepackaged and teachers wanted them to have fresh fruits and vegetables, too. This year they started a school garden with 10 raised beds, but quickly found out they needed to expand. Therefore, this bed would help them do just that....one bed at a time...one mouth at a time.


R. Smith nominated a community garden in Atlanta, GA:
 I am nominating a local business that is located in a low-income area in the historic West End of Atlanta. The owner, Franz-Che, often hosts community events and drives to support the local community. A raised bed garden would allow Franz-Che to offer more to the community such as a demonstation garden for children their parents are in the salon. The garden will also be used to grow food for local events hosted at the salon. I am a community member who patrons the salon with experience in gardening. The salon is historically the epicenter for social conversation. A raised bed in this location would bring food and gardening into this conversation.

K. Tedford nominated a school in Whitacres, NC: They have created an outdoor learning environment classroom. This would be an excellent addition for students to grown items, learning how to grow an effective garden and the importance of the exposure to fresh produce and the impact it has on health.

S. Nerswick nominated an Future Farmers of America chapter at a school in Atlanta, GA:
 Cambridge High School started an agricultural education program in 2015. Being a Metro-Atlanta school, they do not have access to “normal” agriculture education amenities like a greenhouse or land lab. Having a raised bed garden would help them implement experiential learning with our students.

D. Yarborough nominated an organization in Huntersville, NC: To inspire the residents at One More Neighborhood in creating a garden.

J. Icard nominated a school in Warner Robbins, GA: Shirley Hills Elementary is a title one school and we (our business, Roots Turf and Ornamental) are working with then to try and add sustainable garden beds for the students.

R. Leeper has nominated a family in Georgia: B. has started homeschooling her children and the garden would work well with her oldest who has special needs to help in his development, and possibly be able to give vegetables to the community when he starts to produce.

M. Guy nominated a school in Canton, GA: 
Hasty is a Title 1 school with limited funds and students who come from low socio-economic background. The garden club is trying to give students the ability to learn about gardening in small spaces.

H. McTier nominated a school in Monroe, GA:  Harmony Elementary is in the process of building a school garden to be used for educational purposes and as a way for students to take home free, fresh produce to share with their families. The school currently has no sources of funding for this project, but with 80% of our students eating free or reduced lunch, the administration has agreed we have to try something new to help our students have fulfilling and nutritious meals while away from school. We are doing our best to drum up community support and grant funding for this school garden and would love to receive a raised bed kit to utilize in our future garden space.

K. Streetman nominated a school garden in Douglasville, GA:
 Brighten has over 700 K-8th grade students that  could benefit from learning how to grow their own food. With only three small beds currently, a select few classes are able to participate in the actual planting, tending & harvesting process. Adding another raised bed will expand our existing garden & excite the new groups of kids that otherwise may never plant anything in their lives. I believe in teaching self sufficiently young & promise to help maintain these methods of learning; helping the children grow.

C. Ragley nominated an organization in Columbia, SC: The Leadership Columbia Class of 2018, a project of the Columbia, SC Chamber of Commerce, is furnishing a new Transitional Housing Center for homeless young men ages 17-22 operated by Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc (MIRCI).  This 10 bed facility will serve as a temporary shelter for these young men as they work to find meaningful employment and long term living arrangements.  The Leadership Columbia class project will include furnishing the home by providing beds, linens, furniture as well as designing and installing the landscaping on the property in downtown Columbia.  We have some area reserved for a community garden on the site, and this giveaway would be put to good use on the site.  Residents of the MIRCI center will be tasked with landscape and basic housing upkeep tasks, and we hope to work with volunteer local gardeners to teach the young men about backyard gardening and how to grow their own food.  MIRCI and Leadership Columbia would be very grateful to receive this Doc's Raised Garden Kit for the Youth Transition Center on Washington Street in Columbia, SC.

A. Zuerner nominated a neighbor in Western North Carolina:  This retired lady takes care of her 93 year old mother and has a yard with red hard clay that cannot be turned easily.  A raised bed would make growing some fresh vegetables possible.