Keep Greenwood County Beautiful the only South Carolina affiliate of Keep America Beautiful selected as one of the 5 national finalists to be in the running for a $12,000 grant from TroyBilt. Greenwood is within a few days away from the contest ending date. They are asking for everyone to visit them online and cast your vote in support. The grant money will be used for sustainability for the 23 community gardens scattered throughout Greenwood County.
Please click here to cast your vote!
Community Gardening in Greenwood County SC began in late 2010 with a seed grant from South Carolina Department of Health, and Environment Control for $2,800.00 and the charge to create Community Gardens in Neighborhoods.
Four years later investments total more than $106,000.00 from the following grant sources – PalmettoPride, Eat Smart Move More South Carolina, Keep America Beautiful (Penn. Hort. Soc. and Lowes Community Improvement Foundation – 2yrs), YMCA America (online contest), SC Tobacco Collaborative, SC Cancer Alliance, Wal-Mart Foundation, Bank of America, and the Healthy SC Initiative has given the following return…
12 Neighborhood/Community Based gardens on Vacant Property
2 Neighborhood/Community Based gardens on owned land
2 Neighborhood/Community Based gardens on “Private Property”
7 Neighborhood/Community Based gardens on community/school Property
2013 – 390 families received fresh produce from the Greenwood Food Bank June – Aug.
8 Gardens featured on the South Carolina Festival of Flowers Garden Tour (2012, 2013)
Over 500 Neighborhood based grassroots volunteers
Over 15,000 hours of volunteer work has been completed in the 23 gardens
Over 20,500 pounds of FRESH Produce has been distributed to Emergency food agencies in Greenwood County over the last four years. Emergency food agency demand in Greenwood County increased 76% over the past three years.
This does not include the produce consumed by active volunteers or distributed to shut-ins within the participating neighborhoods.
6 food preservation classes
9 Neighborhood Community Gardeners have completed the Master Gardener Program
1. Grendel Mill Village Community Garden – Pelzer Street (between 502 and 520 Pelzer St.) – Started the whole community garden initiative
2. Ninety Six Mill Village Community Garden – Draper Street , Ninety Six,
3. College Heights/Booker T Washington- Booker Street, Greenwood (between 202 and 204 Booker St.)
4. Little River Multicultural Center Community Garden – 415 Riley Rd. N. Hodges
5. Wisewood – 227 Wisewood Circle
6. El Jardin Maravilloso (aka Seaboard Garden) – 504 Seaboard Ave. (Corner of Hackett and Chipley)
7. Mathews Park Community Garden – 800 Wright Ave, Greenwood, SC
8. Eaton Corporation – 2210 Hwy 72/221 E
9. Westside Community Garden – 342 Mineral Ave.
10. Community Initiatives – 647-649 Grier St.
11. Genesis (Education Center) Academy – 400 Glenwood St
12. Fox Hollow Condominiums – 303 Haltiwanger Road, Greenwood
13. Hunters Glenn – 113 Camp Branch Run Rd. – Hodges, SC
14. Brown Drive (Cokesbury) – 113 Brown Dr.(Cokesbury) – Hodges, SC
15. Promised Land – 122 Zion Rd. (Mr. Zion AME Church)
16. Ninety Six Primary School – 121 S. Cambridge Street – Ninety Six, SC
17. Ware Shoals High School – 56 S. Greenwood Ave – Ware Shoals, SC
18. Veterans Affairs Healing Garden – 106 Main St N – Greenwood, SC – YMCA America – National Winner
19. Safe Haven Community Garden – 710 Gray Street, Greenwood
20. Louis’ Garden (NHC Healthcare) – 437 East Cambridge Avenue, Greenwood
21. Pearl Street Community Garden – 718 Pearl Street, Greenwood
22. Salvation Army Garden – 222 Pressley Street, Greenwood
23. The Children’s Garden – Elm Court North, Greenwood
New for 2014 -
1. Eaton’s Cooper Power Systems Business
2. MEGS House
3. Immanuel Lutheran Church
4. Greenwood Housing Authority - YMCA
5. Greenwood YMCA
In planning stages - Episcopal Church back lot project