Keep Pike County Beautiful, McComb, MS

Thank you for the $10,000 KAB/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant awarded to Keep Pike County Beautiful in McComb, MS! Without it we could not have built our above-ground, organic garden at St. Andrew’s Mission in McComb, which serves Southwest Mississippi through its Food Pantry, Men’s Shelter and Soup Kitchen.

The Garden has also been a teaching model for the Jr. Garden Club, called the Busy Bees, who helped to do the initial planting of our fall/winter crop and helped with the first harvest. Thanks to the Boy Scouts for helping to build it. We are hoping that the Garden will be a model for more to come!

Keep Las Vegas Beautiful, NV

Keep Las Vegas Beautiful (KLVB) team members along with Lowe’s Heroes volunteer employees, teachers and students successfully installed Outdoor Garden Classrooms at three local elementary schools, thanks to a $20,000 KAB/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant awarded to KLVB .

KLVB selected schools in need of garden projects which are qualified Title One schools with at least 90% of the students receiving free or reduced-price lunches. Schools selected for the KLVB Outdoor Garden Classrooms are also located within City of Las Vegas’ Neighborhood Risk Assessment Program areas. This program is a coordinated approach to identifying targeted neighborhoods that can be revitalized based on a strategic and collective focus of resources and programs.

Each school received up to five 8’ x 4’ raised beds with soil, seeds, automatic drip irrigation and a year of maintenance. In addition, the schools will get weekly visits from a local farmer, who will teach students and teachers how to take care of the garden, plant and harvest, as well as a free curricula for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math lessons concurrent with Nevada State Standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards along with free teacher training. The program also organizes visits from local chefs to demonstrate how to cook food from the garden, teaches students how to organize and run a farmers’ market, and offers a Junior Master Gardener’s program.

KEEP SOUTH MIAMI DADE BEAUTIFUL, MIAMI, FLORIDA

Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Improvement/Keep South Miami Dade Beautiful provided the following materials for the improvement of Pinetree Park – Community Garden.
• 2 rolls of liners (weed barrier)
• 8 packs of pins to hold down the liner (weed barrier)
• 117 brickface stone
• 85 planters to be used on the community garden
• 10 raised planter bases for ADA accessibility
• Warning track for the alleys between planters

Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful – The Patch on Main (Huntersvile Presbyterian Church)

The KAB/Lowe’s grant applied for by Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful on behalf of Huntersville Presbyterian Church is transforming two deserted lots to create the Patch on Main Community Garden that will comprise an 80′ by 80′ space and provide 30 garden plots, plus a variety of other natural & planted areas tol be used for feeding and educating our community, including those in need.

A total of 38 volunteers from the church, including Pastor David Brown and Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain kicked off our project with a groundbreaking and dedication work day in September of this year. This allowed us to clear and prep the site for planned improvements to the site and establishment of the garden space.

Grant funds helped clear dead trees and limbs from the property, including the rental of a chipper that converted these materials to mulch that will be used in the garden area. Six Lowe’s heroes volunteered approximately 51 hours to come to the property to help install the fence, which we purchased from Lowe’s with grant funds after on-site consultation and measurement by representatives from our Huntersville Lowe’s store. The Lowe’s volunteers removed a chain link fence on one side of the garden and erected a new chain link fence on the back side. Then they installed a split rail fence on the remaining two sides of the garden with one small gate and a double gate. This allowed a defined area for the garden and the ability to help keep out rabbits, dogs and other animals that could be detrimental to the garden. Soil amendments and tools, water hoses and carts were purchased for the garden so we’ll be ready to go in the Spring.

This will be the first official community garden in the Town of Huntersville and the support from the grant has really helped get the project off on the right foot and attracted community support. “The grant has helped take this from an idea to a blessing for our community. Local businesses have also been excited about the opportunity to be involved and contribute to what we think will strengthen the downtown community of Huntersville,” said Jim Carlson, Garden Manager. Local businesses like Wallace Farms, McLeod Organics, Huntersville Rental and Henson Foley have donated items to the project, including compost, cover crops, soil amendments, nutrients, lyme and even a professional site plan laying out all aspects of the project and will be displayed on the rear of the Patch on Main sign.

Since receiving the Lowe’s / KAB grant, we have partnered with Huntersville Parks & Recreation to expand plans for engagement and education on the site. Huntersville Parks & Recreation is even planning to install a greenhouse on site in the next month or two to grow seedlings for transplants. We have even initiated contact with Huntersville-Based Metrolina Greenhouses, the largest single-site heated greenhouse in the United States at 162 acres under roof, and a major supplier to Lowe’s, about assisting with the greenhouse.

Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful…Albany GA

A Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant allow KADB to coordinate a complete make over for the back yard of a AARC Day Care Facility. The facilities consumers are special need citizens. The makeover included the installation of pavers (which makes the area accessible to wheel chairs), trees, shrubs, large concrete planters, a bird bath and two overhead electric fans. The uniqueness of the project was the building and installation of three garden boxes that are raised to 3 1/2 feet which allows easy access to special needs consumers. The project also garnered new partnerships with Lowe’s and Albany Technical College. The college was able to provide hands on experience to their electrical, carpentry and landscaping students. The smiles on the faces of the AARC consumers as they planted “their” pansies, brussel sprouts ,cabbage and broccoli was priceless.

Keep Durham Beautiful, Durham, N.C.

Volunteers began work on a new project at Briggs Avenue Community Garden in Durham, N.C., on Friday, Oct. 31, thanks to a $10,000 KAB/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant in support of the mission of Keep Durham Beautiful. The Lowe’s Community Partners Grant will provide funding to create new demonstration areas, develop a vineyard, and improve accessibility for individuals with limited mobility.

Briggs Avenue Community Garden was founded to address issues of food security, to improve the diets of residents, and to provide Durham youth and families with resources and education to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables. Local Lowe’s employee volunteers — “Lowe’s Heroes” — are working at the garden alongside other volunteers and City and County staff (including Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers).

Already, they have created accessible raised garden beds for plot owners with limited mobility and developed a vineyard with grapes and blueberries to teach vineyard cultivation and management for the community. In the next month, they will finish building a 400-square-foot mortared brick patio with lighting, fans, seating and cooking stations for public use in demonstrations and community gatherings.

The project is expected to be completed in mid-December 2014, making the space even more inviting for the many families and individuals who participate in the garden in 2015.

Keep Simpson County Beautiful, Mendenhall, MS

McLemore Community Garden – Keep Simpson County Beautiful (KSCB) will establish three community gardens in Braxton, Magee, and Mendenhall, Mississippi. These gardens will be established to bring together neighborhoods for the purpose of sharing fruits and vegetables. KSCB is utilizing the expertise of the Mississippi State Extension Service for advice on plantings and nutrition.
KSCB community gardens

Keep Chicago Beautiful, Chicago, IL

Vicky Kleros, the principal of Manuel Perez Jr. Elementary School, believed that if she could create a space that was quiet, beautiful and special, her students would be better readers. So Ms. Kleros created a “Reading Garden” on school grounds. She was very successful. However, the funds to increase the scope and shape of the small garden were not available. But with a little help from Keep Chicago Beautiful, the school has increased the size of the garden and filled it with new native plants. The plants were supplied by KCB, but the students served as the gardeners and enjoyed every minute!