In spring 2015, HSM awarded $1,200 grants to two Baltimore organizations that encourage children to get involved with gardening. One of this year’s recipients was the Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory’s Community Gardening Day program. On Gardening Day, teams of students from the city and county schools work with volunteers and staff to prepare, plant, water and mulch 17 garden beds on the Conservatory grounds.
The other recipient was Friends of Great Kids Farm, Inc., a partner with city school’s Great Kids Farm and outdoor education center that offers hands-on gardening experience. The Friends group sponsors two days of “garden summits” bringing in school children from across the city to teach gardening skills and knowledge.
In 2004, grants were made to two Baltimore City community gardening projects. The recipients were The Amazing Port Street Youth Initiative, and the Center for Poverty Solutions’ Edible School Yard Pilot.