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Ellen Hilderbrand
Community Grant Program

Since 2009, the Greater Greenville Master Gardener Association has funded service and education programs in Upstate of South Carolina through the Ellen Hilderbrand Community Grant Program.

Our grants support new organizations, as well as proven programs. We fund school gardening programs, community gardens, and beautification projects as well as a host of other projects. All of our grantees encourage knowledge and promotion of gardening and horticultural education for our community.
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  • Choosy Kids Farm to Belly Project, North Franklin Head Start Program and Easley Bridge Road Head Start Program:
    - For soil amendments, mulch, plants and seeds for raised bed vegetable gardens, along with tools, gloves, tables, etc to enable 3 to 5 year olds to work in these gardens, thereby introducing them to growing and valuing fresh produce. This is a part of a healthy eating project sponsored by Feed and Seed, GHS, Clemson, Choosy Kids and a consortium of community organizations. Project Leaders are F&S Director Mike McGirr; N. Franklin Road Head Start Center Project Director, Kerry McKenzie; and Easley Bridge Road Head Start Center Project Coordinator, Sebastian Barbosa.

  • Lake Forest Elementary School, Butterfly Garden:
    - For Improvements to existing butterfly garden, including installation of rocks to direct drainage, soil amendments, and planting of butterfly host and nectar plants. Project Leader is Principal, Julie Cooke.

  • River Oaks Retreat:
    - For installation of a Carolina Fence Garden, including soil amendments, fence, granite rocks, and plants as part of the Camp’s Outdoor Recreation & Environmental (CORE) education program and the natural history and ecology of South Carolina. Project Leaders are Executive Director, Alan Sweet and Education Director, Dodie Clark.

  • JEdible Schoolyard Project , Slater-Marietta Elementary School:
    - For Installation of four raised garden beds, soil, mulch, irrigation, seeds/transplants, and tool. Students will be taught good agricultural practices and will plant, care for, and harvest vegetables, which will be distributed to families for at-home consumption. Project Leaders are Principal George Champlin and Science Lab Assistant, Julie Hill.

Photographed above are representatives for those organizations receiving 2016 grants. Shown from left to right:

  • Jim Delaney, EC President
  • Debra Merrill, Margaret Hafer, Julie Cooke; Lake Forest Elementary School
  • Sebastian Barbosa; Easley Bridge Road Head Start Center
  • Kerry McKenzie; N. Franklin Road Head Start Center
  • Julie Hill; Slater-Marietta Elementary School
  • Lauren Von Ins; River Oaks C.O.R.E
  • Jody Childs; Slater-Marietta Elementary School
  • Dodie Clark,Alan Sweet, Mrs. Sweet; River Oaks C.O.R.E.
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