On: Apr 30, 2019 @ 6:01 PM
- Date: 04/30/19
- Name of Organization: University of California Master Gardeners of Glenn County (UC Regents)
- Street Address: 821 E South St, P.O. Box 697
- City: Orland
- State: CA
- Zip: 95963
- Contact Person: Betsy Karle
- Phone: 530-865-1107
- Email: [email protected]
- Tax Exempt No.: 943067788
- Dollar Amount Requested: $2,000
- Minimum Dollar Amount Needed (Amount To Start Project): $1,000
- Estimated Completion Date: 03/31/20
- Did You Receive Funds Last Year?: No
- Did you complete a GUR?:
- 1. Mission of Organization: To extend research-based knowledge and information on home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape practices to the residents of Glenn County.
UC Master Gardeners preserve and encourage healthy environments with sustainable gardening, green waste reduction, and water conservation. University of California Master Gardeners encourage a healthier community and healthier gardeners throughout the state. UC Master Gardeners encourage the public to eat more fruits and vegetables by enhancing local, sustainable, healthy food systems for families, neighborhoods, and communities. Programs increase gardening, horticulture, and science literacy through quality education and local community outreach.
- 2. Description of Project: The University of California Master Gardener program in Glenn County has established a small demonstration garden at the UC Cooperative Extension Office in Orland. This request is for garden supplies that will allow the Master Gardener volunteers to add additional raised beds to the three that are currently in place. The garden is currently being used to train our volunteers with the goal of expanding its use to wider reaching community educational opportunities. As Orland is the “Queen Bee Capital” of North America, we have developed a pollinator garden in one of the beds to provide hands-on opportunities to demonstrate the use of such plants in the garden to encourage healthy bee populations in our community. Other beds focus on seasonal edibles and flowers. Last winter we planted a “square foot” garden to demonstrate that you don't need a lot of space to have fresh and healthy food. This spring, we will be planting a "salsa garden" to demonstrate that you can grow some of your favorite foods at home.
These funds will support the additional demonstrations, including a bed with nectar plants and a vertical garden --teaching that you do not need a lot of space to eat healthy. A perennial vegetable garden with asparagus, artichokes, and rhubarb will show that gardening does not have to be a major job each spring. Plant it once and take good care of it, and it will take care of you! A seasonal vegetable garden to demonstrate what veggies grow best in our area is also planned if these funds are approved.
In future growing seasons, we hope to plant a drought-tolerant display to educate the public how to use less water in their gardens and perhaps replace "thirsty" lawn with drought-tolerant and/or California Native plants. We also plan to establish a u-pick herb and/or flower garden whereby the public will be invited to cut herbs and flowers for their own use. We also hope to establish a Monarch Waystation in hopes of helping bring back the Monarchs.
- 3. Explain how this project benefits the people in and around the community of Orland.: Demonstration gardens are utilized widely in county Master Gardener programs to help community members learn new skills, get outside and exercise, meet new people, and gain a better understanding of landscaping design, conservation, and upkeep. This project will provide the opportunity to scale up the current garden, which will provide additional educational opportunities in the community. Furthermore, future programs revolving around healthy living will be possible through programmatic collaborations with UC's Nutrition and 4-H programs. We have a budding Junior Master Gardener 4-H project that is ripe for growth that would additionally benefit from this project.
- 4. Project expenditures including all materials, labor, fees (upload Word, PDF, or Excel): Garden supplies cost estimate for grant (04-30-19-06-01-46).pdf (111 kB)
- Bids and any other supporting documents.:
- 5. What sources other than the Foundation are available to fund the project:: The Master Gardeners hold a biennial training course to certify new volunteers. Fees from the course are utilized to improve the demonstration garden but are limited due to UC's cost recovery policies. Much of the original materials for the existing garden were donated by local businesses, many of whom continue to offer discounted prices to support the project. Plant sales also contribute to the Master Gardener funds and those profits will also be directed to garden improvements. Donations are solicited on an annual basis through a UC Cooperative Extension campaign. Donors are given the option to direct individual donation to the Master Gardener program and those funds are available for this project.
- 6. How shall the grant be recognized by your organization? (newspaper, thank you note, plaque, etc.): The Master Gardeners currently write regular columns for the local papers and will acknowledge the Foundation in that space. Additionally, a permanent sign will be installed that will include recognition of the Foundation. The Foundation will also be listed as a supporter on our website and social media.
- 7. Attach organization’s current year’s budget: MG budget (04-30-19-06-01-46).pdf (14 kB)
- 8. Attach organization’s previous year’s financial statements: 2017-18 Financial Statement (04-30-19-06-01-46).pdf (68 kB)
- Grant Utilization Report Contact Name: Betsy Karle
- Grant Utilization Report Contact Phone: 530-865-1107
- Grant Utilization Report Contact Email: [email protected]