Previous Founders Fund Winners
2011 ($25,000) Beyond the Beetle, a Strategy of Diversity Green Hill Park Arboretum Worcester, MA
Worcester Garden Club
Winner of the 2011 Founders Fund Award, “Beyond the Beetle, a Strategy of Diversity” is a response to the wholesale devastation of the tree canopy caused by the voracious Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anaplophora glabripennis). The $25,000 award will allow Worcester Garden Club to plant a demonstration arboretum in historic Green Hill Park, a 480-acre urban oasis. A variety of specimen trees that are resistant to Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) will be planted to demonstrate the importance of species diversity as an important strategy in surmounting environmental challenges. Informative signage will illustrate what happened when a monoculture planting is targeted by an invasive predator. The project embraces GCA’s mission of horticulture, conservation, education, and civic improvement.
2010 ($25,000) The Urban Farm & Produce Stand, Wilmington, DE
Garden Club of Wilmington, DE, Zone V
Established in 2008 by the Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) as a means of providing some of Wilmington’s neediest residents with access to fresh produce, the project quickly grew into a self-sustaining educational and community gardening movement. Built with the help of over 40 volunteers and boasting weekly participation of 13 families within its first year, the farm teaches city residents how to grow and harvest their own food.
The farm is a valuable educational tool to the city’s youth, serving as training ground for youth participants in Christiana’s Care (Wilmington’s largest health care provider) Camp FRESH Program. The youth are spokespeople for healthy lifestyle choices and are partnering with DCH to turn the urban farm into a hands-on classroom and model for urban gardening initiatives.
The 2010 Founders Fund award enabled the Urban Farm and Produce Stand to expand its mission and provide greater support to Wilmington’s community. Plans included more raised beds, a hoop house for starting seeds, much-needed new equipment for volunteers, additional community education, and a business plan for the produce stand.
2009 ($25,000) River Linked: Junkyard to Park, Asheville, NC
French Broach River Garden Club, NC, Zone VII
To provide the necessary keystone for this park: a professional Master Plan to transform a reclaimed junkyard site to link tow vibrant Asheville city parks to create an exciting greenway along the French Broad River.
2008 ($25,000) Buffer Strip Project, Cooperstown, NY
Lake and Valley Garden Club of Cooperstown, NY, Zone III
The buffer strip project will stabilize the shoreline of Otsego Lake by filtering nutrient polluted storm water, eliminating erosion, deterring Canada geese and improving water quality while serving as a model for preservation of all lake and river shorelines. It will also serve s an inspiration to Cooperstown residents and the 200,000 annual visitors.