Thank you for participating in our Non-Profit Giveaway! We have selected 5 worthy causes that can utilize our GreenStalk Vertical Planters to better their communities. Read below to find out what these amazing non-profits and schools are doing in their communities. Please vote for the school, church or facility that you want to see win the grand prize of (10) 5 Tier GreenStalk Vertical Planters (in winner’s choice of color) and 10 GreenStalk Movers. Total value is $1,700. GreenStalk pays shipping to anywhere in the Continental United States. Voting is open to the public from Monday, October 8, 2018 thru Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 11:59 EST. Winner will be announced Friday, November 2, 2018. You may vote up to once per day.
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Aunt Katie's Community Garden
Aunt Katies Community Garden is based in Dothan Alabama, It was created in honor of Aunt Katie a neighborhood figure who loved to grow food, she took pride in feeding the local children a hot meal whenever it was needed and we strive to spread that same love and energy. At the garden we provide the community, with fresh local produce and this is important because the poverty rate in the neighborhood is between 65-70 percent, most of the times when this the case you can almost guarantee that it is in a food desert, which is the case with our community. We would be so appreciative of the Green Stalk Gardening Towers because it would allow us to more room to plant food in our 1 acre garden, It would serve as a great teaching tool in our after school programs and we will be able to diversify our gardening methods and that would aid us in helping our community grow healthier and stronger, we are committed to this cause and we hope that you will partner with us in changing the food future of our community!
The Edge Foursquare Church has ~5 acres of flat land on a major highway. This grant would launch the start of a community garden, with room to grow. We have been hosting local BuyNothing Facebook groups (~1,000 members) where people “Buy Nothing, Give Freely, Share Creatively”. We also support a local food bank and a school food backpack program.
We would like our community garden to serve the community at-large by being a public run demonstration garden, to encourage community members to get their own GreenStalk Vertical Garden and share from their own abundance, to reach even more people.
These GreenStalks would be primarily salad garden planters and would include varieties of lettuce, kale, swiss chard, bok choi, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, everbearing strawberries, and cherry tomatoes, that people would regularly use for healthy meals.
Our community garden project manager owns a GreenStalk and has already been sharing the abundance it produces with the community. His experience with the GreenStalk Vertical Garden, growing up on a farm, and experience with raised beds caused him to realize that this would be the easiest and most productive way to do a community garden. They also help conserve on precious water resources compared to other methods. He is a Greenstalk reseller and plans to donate any proceeds toward the community garden.
Intentionally growing food to give away can help the local hunger crisis. This grant and the creation of a community garden would allow us to apply for other community garden grants, which would multiply the value of this initial grant and allow us to expand. We have a large field that could easily support crops like corn and vine crops that are less suitable to the GreenStalk Vertical Garden.
Please vote for us and share in this great opportunity to feed the hungry.
First Lutheran School is a small private school in the Historic District of North Knoxville. We have served our community as a church and school for over a century. The staff, students, and family at First Lutheran are dedicated to cultivating a community and life that is beneficial to the Earth around us and its many diverse members. Part of our duty is to explore and better understand this grand creation. From an ecological standpoint, a GreenStalk garden is the perfect way for all our students, from 12 months old to 14 years old, to learn the benefits of gardening and the ecological impact that growing plants will have even in our urban setting. The size and convenience of a GreenStalk system allows our entire study body to collaborate, selecting and caring for plants that interests them as a group. With these gardens our students can experience firsthand how our food is grown, how insects pollinate, and the incredible wonder of nature. As members of a larger community, it will be with great pride that we can show off our spoils with our Church Congregation and friends. Finally, a GreenStalk garden creates an opportunity to grow students who are ecologically minded and kinder adults. It allows us to teach them a valuable skill in agriculture and self-sufficiency, and it creates an environment in which they learn the great benefits of working together. Eighth grade to Pre-school and every step in between would be honored and delighted to receive such a great opportunity to learn and grow.
Spring Hill Elementary School (SHES) is a vibrant, Title 1 elementary school in the urban core of Knoxville, TN, and we hope you will vote for us to win 10 GreenStalk Vertical Planters! Our teachers are eager to provide students more opportunities for project-based, hands-on learning. When students interact with dirt, seeds, and soil in order to nurture the growth of what can be viewed, enjoyed, consumed, etc., they deepen their own connections with the earth, with the plant sciences, with their food, and more. Each grade will be responsible for a vertical planter, from the Kindergarteners to the 5th Graders. The remaining 4 vertical planters will be integrated into the Spring Hill Sensory Garden, an innovative new addition that serves all our students through the MASST Approach (Music, Art, Science, Sensory Therapies).
Receiving a donation of GreenStalk Vertical Planters will be of great benefit for our very diverse student population, which rounds out at 470 (67 students are non-native English speakers, and 83 receive special education services). In addition to the students and teachers at Spring Hill Elementary School, our after-care provider will support our garden through a brand new gardening club, a valuable after-school enrichment opportunity. As a newly designated Community School, Spring Hill neighbors and community partners will benefit from all that the school has to offer, including our new garden. In our GreenStalk Vertical Planters, during the warm season, we will grow basil and dwarf cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. We will plant carrots and try to grow corn on the tops of the planters. We will grow herbs such as thyme and sage, and we will grow edible flowers such as strawberries and pansies. During the cooler season, we will grow lettuce, chard, kale, and spinach. Be sure to cast your vote for Spring Hill!
St. Margaret's Center (A Division of Center for Disability Services)
St. Margaret’s Center in Albany, New York, is a pediatric and young adult skilled nursing facility which was founded in 1883 by Bishop William Doane. Today it is a division of the Center for Disability Services and it specializes in serving infants, children and young adults who have disabilities and complex medical needs. The highly trained staff is committed to individualized and compassionate care appropriate to the age and development of residents. St. Margaret’s offers respite, short and long term stays including restorative therapies, and training for families to ease the transition back to the family or caregiver’s home. Many of St. Margaret’s residents use wheelchairs or mobility equipment, making gardening in raised beds, such as the GreenStalk Vertical Planters, easier for them to access in order to plant flowers, herbs or vegetables and tend to them. Adapted gardening is a popular recreational activity year-round, outside in good weather and inside during the winter months. St. Margaret’s Center has a fully accessible adapted playground as well as a courtyard and outside seating area where the planters would make a welcome addition. The Center for Disability Services, known as the place where people get better at life, is one of upstate New York’s largest providers of programs and services for individuals who have disabilities. Annually, the Center for Disability Services assists thousands of people of all ages who have disabilities and their families. In addition to its main site, the Center has four divisions: Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center, which provides support and customized programs for individuals from birth to adulthood who have Down syndrome, Life Quality Solutions Incubator, the Center’s research arm, Prospect Center in Queensbury with its CloverPatch Preschool, Langan School at Prospect Center, adult Day Habilitation program and adult residential program and St. Margaret’s Center.