School garden design grants available
The City of Florence, in conjunction with the Florence chapter of Eat Smart Move, is offering a grant to schools. The grant covers garden design and construction for up to three new school gardens in the city limits or for FSD1 schools whose zones cross substantially into the city limits.
The goal of the gardens is to enhance neighborhoods and schools, provide a new source for fresh food, and provide students another resource to improve their nutrition education. For-profit gardens are not eligible for this grant.
The grant does not provide tools, hoses, top soil, plants, or garden maintenance.
The deadline is Sept. 18 for preliminary applications. Finalists will be notified by Oct. 5. Final application will be due Oct. 20, with a decision made by Nov. 6.
Gardens must be designed and built between Nov. 15 and Feb. 28.