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Eleven garden mini-grant recipients announced

To engage students in environmental stewardship this year, the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach partnered with Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Keweenaw Land Trust, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, and Friends of the Land of Keweenaw (FOLK) created a $75 Gardening Mini-Grant Program to help start or improve existing school or community gardens before the end of the school year. Two grants were received that funded the mini-grants: $500 from the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) and $350 from Friends of the Land of Keweenaw, that together provided $850 or eleven $75 mini-grants.

Eleven grants were awarded, and all requests were filled. Grant recipients could decide what garden-related items to purchase with the $75. A list of what was purchased included:
Gardening books for children
‘How to’ Gardening books for Teachers (Suggest: 'One Square Foot Gardening')
Soil amendments (vermiculate, compost, sphagnum moss)
Soaker hoses, hose wands
Garden Tools - trowels, shovels, rakes, hoes
Gardening gloves for students

Grant award recipients are:
Barkell Elementary School
Baraga High School
BHK Great Explorations Program @ Baraga Elementary
Chassell Elementary School
EB Holman School
Houghton Middle School
Jeffers High School
Grow Another Row community program
Portage Lake District Library
South Range Elementary School
Stanton Township Public Schools

For more information, contact: Joan Chadde, Director of the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach at