Cultivate thyself

If you and your school want to create an educational garden, there’s a grant for that: The Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Buncombe County offers small grants for Learning Gardens. Awards average $250, and applications will be evaluated based on the type of program, educational goals and the number of students that will benefit.

Learning Gardens provide hands-on educational experiences in which students apply math, science and environmental education — even art and literature — in practical settings. Helping area schools is one way the EMG volunteers serve the community. Since 2007, the group has donated nearly $10,000 to 19 schools, supporting more than 275 teachers and 4,000 students. Funds for the school garden grants are raised through EMG events, including the biannual garden tour.

Application deadline is April 30, 2012. Fore more details, visit (click on the Lawn & Garden link, then see Selection Criteria for School Grants Program for information and to download an application). Or call the Extension Office for information at 255-5522.

The EMG mission is to provide education and current research-based urban horticultural information through North Carolina Cooperative Extension programs and activities, while striving to improve and preserve our natural environment.

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