MGC Civic Projects and Scholarship Awards Supported in 2020
Sharon Audubon, Sharon, CT
Sharon Audubon will be receiving support to help maintain the butterfly breeding facility and the gardens. The butterfly flight house, caterpillar house, and associated gardens have already become a focal point for visitors, volunteers, school projects, and public programs. There is no other butterfly facility in the region, so it provides a summer destination that’s unique in Northwestern CT. It serves all ages, as it’s readily accessible for visitors who have limited mobility, and also lends itself to visits by young children.
Cary Institute, Millbrook, NY
The Cary Institute will receive a grant to help support the internship of John Foster, PhD Candidate (3rd year), Ecological Forecasting Lab, Boston University, who is working with Dr. Shannon LaDeau at Cary Institute. His is forecasting tick-borne disease risk based on weather conditions.
4-H Grows Here -Cornell Cooperative Extension, Millbrook, NY
This grant will help launch a new 4-H Club, ‘4-H Grows Here’, focused on the environment and gardening. Through this project, 4-H seeks to increase the opportunities for youth in the county to become involved in their community, “get their hands dirty” by engaging in gardening and outdoor activities, learn more about the environment, develop life skills and grow as individuals.
The Giving Garden – Food of Life Food Pantry,
Amenia Union, NY
The Giving Garden has been granted funds to construct new raised beds and purchase plant supports for the food pantry’s on-site “Giving Garden.” This project will dramatically increase their ability to provide their 200 weekly food recipients with fresh, locally grown and nutrient dense produce.
The Giving Garden is a program of the Food of Life/Comida de Vida Pantry, a collaborative venture supported by churches, local community groups and individuals, and sited at St. Thomas Episcopal Church which also serves as pantry administrator. Pantry guests receive food for nine meals a week, including fresh meat, dairy and produce. While many who come to their doors are eager to add vegetables to their diet, most find it difficult to find and pay for high-quality, vitamin-rich produce. Through the Giving Garden, they aim to fill that need, but also to serve as a source of education about the importance of local fresh vegetables to a healthy diet, and to provide community volunteers with hands-on experience in growing them.
Housatonic Valley Association, Cornwall Bridge, CT
This HVA grant will support the River Stewards of Tomorrow internship program. Each summer, they hire 4 youth for a hands-on work experience in the watershed. These youth work diligently assessing culverts, monitoring water quality, planning rain gardens, and helping to monitor high-traffic areas along the river for destruction, littering and over-use. These interns play a critical role in helping HVA accomplish their annual goals.
Innisfree, Millbrook, NY
This year’s grant will help Innisfree to further archive their historical material, which will enable them to make the materials accessible to gardeners and scholars online which is part of Innisfree’s long-term goals. They will be archiving two unpublished manuscripts, and journals written by Lester Collins.
Master Gardener Program -Cornell Cooperative Extension, Millbrook, NY
MGC will continue its support of the Master Gardeners plant sale to help them obtain seeds for the plants that are grown and sold at their sole, annual fundraiser in the spring.
North East Community Center, Millerton, NY
The North East Community Center will receive a grant for their Community and School Gardens. This grant will enable them to replace the remaining deteriorating lumber around the beds, particularly the toddler garden, and improve the staking and structural supports within the garden for those vegetables that produce better yield or are easier to harvest with such support. In addition, this will make weeding easier. This garden also provides produce for their community and an educational component for their youth program.
Sharon Land Trust, Sharon, CT
The Sharon Land Trust’s grant will fund outreach to area schools and engage local youth in their two-week student work project. Both of these programs engage local youth in the Trust’s land management and conservation programs, connecting students to the local environment while teaching them about proper land stewardship and management. The Trust will work with their community education system to get young people out on the trails, not only to provide manpower for the maintenance of them but also to provide these students with a conservation ethic and sense of place within their natural environment.
Swallow-wort, Salisbury, CT
The Swallow-wort program will be granted funds to continue the assertive control measures across Salisbury to treat all Black Swallow-wort sites not otherwise to be treated by the Salisbury Town Crew and to provide signage about the program.
Turtle Tree Seed, Copake, NY
Turtle Tree Seed will receive a grant to fund 3 specific projects:
1) The replacement of worn-out hand tools.
2) Lumber for two large raised beds to our raised beds.
3) Scholarship assistance toward educational opportunities for members of our team. This includes sending several people to a one-day agriculture conferences such as NOFA Massachusetts or sending one person to a weekend long conference such as the Biodynamic Association’s held in Lake George, NY this year (www.biodynamics.com/conference).
Wethersfield, Amenia, NY
Wethersfield will receive funding to sponsor a summer intern, specifically dedicated to the Garden and working at the side of Head Gardener Toshi Yano, next May through September.
They also hope to use the funds as seed for a matching challenge grant, as they are eager to recruit a student of horticulture and will likely need to provide both housing and a suitable wage or stipend.
Millbrook Garden Club is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization