2017 Grants Recipients
The Folsom Garden Club (FGC) is pleased to announce the 2017-18 grant awards. A total of $7,623 was given to five nonprofit grant applicants. Congratulations to them all!
Twin Lakes Food Bank Award: $2,500
Project Goal: to strengthen its community garden infrastructure and increase its capacity to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to clients suffering hunger and food scarcity by expanding and repairing the existing irrigation system, replacing hot house shelving , and constructing seed starter boxes. Seeds, starter plants, soil, and fertilizer for new planting beds will be purchased as well as a shade structure, tools and seating for the volunteers.
Friends of Folsom Parkways Award: $595
Project Goal: to restore the Lake Natoma Waterfront Trail with trees native to the area. Six native Oaks will be planted and irrigation expanded to support the new plantings. The Oak trees will ultimately shade an ADA approved ramp, which allows access to the trail for persons with disabilities.
Folsom Lake College Award: $2,500
Project Goal: to continue work on the outdoor lab space for many science classes such as Horticulture and Urban Farming, as well as Nutrition, Math, Business, Art, Music and student clubs by constructing another raised bed, purchasing a storage bin, and installing a decorative iron gate, which will complete enclosure of the garden. Another raised bed will increase the produce from the garden for the student food bank on campus.
Golden Valley Orchard School Award: $780
Project Goal: to provide scholarships for seven third grade students and one parent, who reside in Folsom. The scholarships will allow them to attend a May 2018 school trip to Full Belly Farm Camp. The Full Belly Farm is a working organic farm in the Capay Valley. The students camp out overnight and experience organic gardening and farming practices first hand.
Natoma Station Elementary Award: $1,248
Project Goal: to enhance the learning opportunities in their existing school garden by constructing a butterfly conservatory and a fairytale garden as well as purchasing books on gardening, a new garden hose, plants, soil, and butterfly larvae.