Vote for Grow Memphis to Win $50,000 for Community Project

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Grow Memphis is the Tennessee finalist for Tom's of Maine's 50 States for Good contest.

From the contest site:

50 States for Good is a national initiative to help grassroots community projects, and we need your help! Nonprofit groups supporting healthy, human and environmental goodness applied for this year's Tom's of Maine sponsorship funding. Our judges have chosen finalists from every state. Now your votes will help determine which six finalists will share $150,000.

Grow Memphis, dedicated to promoting equitable and accessible food to those who need it most, has been a leading force in this area's community gardens. The plan the organization entered for 50 States for Good earlier this summer is a streamlining of its approach to establishing those gardens.

The idea is Community Gardening 101, which would be an 8-week course with two points of focus. The first deals in the technical aspects of gardening — selecting a site, soil development, etc. The second concentrates on community organizing.

According to Chris Peterson, executive director of Grow Memphis, the community organizing aspect of community gardening has been under-developed thus far. He says building skills in such tasks as volunteer management is crucial to long-term success.

Cast your vote for Grow Memphis every day until October 9th.

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