2018 Grants Recipients
The Folsom Garden Club (FGC) is pleased to announce the 2018-19 grant awards. A total of $10,500 was given to nine nonprofit grant applicants. Congratulations to them all!
Folsom Historic Society $2,000
Project Goal: to install an irrigation system in June’s Courtyard Garden. The historical garden is located behind the Folsom History Museum, a tribute to the Pony Express riders and contains a replica Pony Express watering trough. The garden courtyard functions as a gathering place for community group socials and an educational setting for school-aged children.
Sutter Middle School $1,500
Project Goal: to turn the newly established green space/garden area into an outdoor classroom. Twenty garden benches will be purchased and arranged in the green space to allow classes to be held outside. The benches are the first step in the plan to develop the green space into an outdoor classroom.
The green space/garden area was developed as part of the school’s renovation (Phase one) and included several raised garden beds as well landscape.
Oaks Hills Community Garden $991
Project Goal: to improve communication and increase gardening knowledge with the gardeners as well as the community by purchasing and installing an outdoor message center as a part of the garden.
Oak Chan Elementary School $635
Project Goal: to establish a Garden Club for first and second grade students, who arrive early and leave late (early/late birds). The club will be started using six raised garden beds that were built as part of the school’s recent renovation. Irrigation will be added to the garden beds and a utility cart, bulb planter, bulbs and seeds will be purchased.
Eagle Scout Project: Ostdick $1,019
Project Goal: to expand and improve the community garden at Folsom Gardens Apartments (nonprofit affordable housing community) by purchasing the materials and building three additional raised garden beds and filling them with soil. The dirt walkways will be covered with weed fabric, bark and decomposed granite to improve accessibility.
Eagle Scout Project: Byrd $850
Project Goal: to beautify the landscape at Folsom Powerhouse Ministries building (nonprofit providing support to homeless, those in crisis, low income.) by removing the dirt and plants from the building’s window bays. The bays will then be filled with stone pavers and planter boxes. Existing irrigation lines will be connected to the new boxes and new plants placed.
Natoma Station Elementary School $500
Project Goal: to continue the learning opportunities in their existing school garden by purchasing more garden tools, irrigation supplies, and plants.
Twin Lakes Food Bank $1,500
Project Goal: to increase the garden’s ability to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to clients suffering hunger and food scarcity. Composed soil, fertilizer and soil amendments will be purchased to improve the garden’s soil health as well as a produce scale to measure the garden’s production. Irrigation will be repaired and replaced. Starter plants will be purchased to augment the plants started from seed in the green house.
Murer House Foundation $1,505
Project Goal: to care for 12 historic trees, which were planted in 1920, 30, and 40, by hiring a certified arborist to trim the trees, and remove one almond tree. The trees have not received care by an arborist since they were planted.