The Growing Roots in the Neighbourhood (GRIN) grant is an annual $1,000 fund. The funds will be allocated to one or more approved project applicants. Successful projects will promote the engagement of Regina citizens in gardening through education for the enhancement of their local environment and their quality of life. Projects must be located within Regina. They must be started in the spring of the calendar year.
The RHS is excited to announce the 2017 recipient of the Growing Roots in the Neighbourhood (GRIN) grant.
Congratulations to the Al Richie Community Association!
Seedling Adventures Garden Project at Al Ritchie Community Association
Project Dates: April 17, 2017 to October 31, 2017
Locations: Planter boxes at the Al Ritchie Community Centre at 2250 Lindsay Street and a community garden in Crescent Park
Partners: Catholic Family Services Regina and the Regina Public Library (Prince of Wales branch)
Gardening teaches valuable skills, provides numerous health benefits, and produces nutritious food. The Seedling Adventures Garden Project will begin this spring as a teaching project for the Al Ritchie Community Association summer programming. The community association will be planting and growing food for snacks during program activities and their free cooking classes offered at the community centre. The project is intended as a teaching tool for families and will allow community elders to pass on their knowledge and skills to the next generation of gardeners. Interactive lessons and hands on learning will make it fun to learn about gardens and nutrition, discover environmental awareness, develop self-esteem and leadership skills, and work with others as part of a team. The project will be incorporated into all of the community’s youth programming, including the Summer Program for participants ages 5 to 12 years and the Wellness Program for parents and preschool children ages 2 to 6.
The community will greatly benefit from the Seedling Adventures Garden Project by learning the language of nature, sharing in the pride of beautifying the community, working together to appreciate teamwork and hard work, helping to foster and nurture a child’s curiosity, gaining strong life skills and a source of healthy influences, and creating a source of nutritious food for improving the diet and health of children and families.
The Al Ritchie Community Association will complete their project with help from their partners: Catholic Family Services Regina and the Regina Public Library (Prince of Wales branch), as well as their inter-generational volunteers from the community.
To learn more about this project or to get involved, please contact the Al Richie Community Association at (306) 522-3930 or visit them on Facebook.
The Regina Horticultural Society Growing Roots in the Neighbourhood (GRIN) grant application is now closed for the 2017 season.
Applications will again be available in March 2018.