GrowMemphis is proud to announce that we are now accepting applications for new Community Gardens through January 2, 2014.
Every year GrowMemphis provides start-up funding and training to neighborhood residents who wish to create and sustain gardens. These gardens eliminate blighted property, produce fresh healthy food, and provide opportunities for community building. Each garden is as unique as the neighborhood in which it is found. GrowMemphis’ goal is to help new gardeners identify their most important needs and to provide the training and resources to help gardeners realize their vision.
Download the full application here:
2014 GrowMemphis Garden Application FINAL (Microsoft Word)
SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE
- First year tools, supplies, and infrastructure
- Assistance in planning, coordination, and installation
- Community Gardening 101- Comprehensive start-up training in urban agriculture and community building
- Monthly network and training opportunities with our network of community gardeners
- Seeds and starter plants (annually)
- Technical assistance (site visits, training)
- Collaborative services such as volunteer coordination, farmers market sales, in-kind donations of tools and supplies (when available), and more.
- Develop a realistic plan for creating and sustaining a community garden
- Engage with neighborhood residents to create projects that best meet community needs
- Attend Community Gardening 101 training program
- Actively participate in collaborative projects such as annual greenhouse work
- Agree to use natural/organic practices whenever possible
APPLICATION PROCESS AND TIMELINE
- Applications must be submitted to Christopher Peterson, Executive Director of GrowMemphis, via email, mail, or hand delivered, and received by January 2, 2014.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing address: 3573 Southern Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111
- Applicants will be assessed according to the following criteria:
Demonstration of Need – Priority is given to projects serving low-income, food-insecure communities. Groups should be able to describe the specific need of their neighborhood. The purpose and goals of the project should reflect that specific neighborhood need. GrowMemphis also prioritizes starting gardens in neighborhoods in which we are not already working.
Likelihood of Success – Groups should be able to demonstrate that the project has leadership from the community it intends to serve. Groups should also have a plan to sustain the project in the long term; sufficient community and volunteer support; and appropriate support and/or permission from a sponsoring agency or land owner (GrowMemphis is able to advise on land access questions). The most important factor in success of new gardens is participation from within the community that gardens intend to serve.
- Applicants will be notified by February 1st whether or not they have been awarded.