Sycamore Garden Seeks Grant for Well
Your Vote Can Help!
Drive onto the campus of NHTI from Ft. Eddy Road on almost any decent day from spring through autumn, and look to the left. You are liable to see people – often women in colorful clothing – working in the fields, almost as if you had been momentarily transported into the countryside of some exotic, distant land.
A woman from Bhutan, now living in Concord, tends to her mustard greens in the Sycamore Gardens.
This is the Sycamore Community Garden, a joint project of NHTI, The United Way of Merrimack County, and several local public schools and faith communities. Though open to all comers, Concord’s substantial refugee community has shown great initiative in taking advantage of this opportunity, and the garden now provides plots to more than 130 refugee families who have resettled here.
NHTI donates a field for cultivation. The United Way provided initial funding for tools, permits, testing and tilling, and pays an ongoing salary for one part-time project manager. Students from local public schools, NHTI, and members of several local faith communities start seedlings, assist with gathering and spreading compost, provide locally-applicable gardening advice, and register gardeners for plots each spring. The gardeners themselves provide education about their traditional cultivation practices and foodways, culminating in a community-wide annual harvest celebration which features dishes and recipes representative of the Bhutanese, Somalian, and other cultures from which the gardeners hail.
Nepali gardener with seedling
Though highly successful within its current limitations, the Sycamore Garden Project needs to expand. The Project now turns away more than 80 low-income families each year who want and need garden plots. Located near an oxbow pond from which gardeners must haul water by hand, the current cultivation area is limited to a reasonable walking-and-carrying distance from its water source.
The project has now applied for a Seeds of Change® grant to drill a centrally located well which could greatly expand its growing area and enable it to make garden plots available to families it now must turn away. The Seeds of Change® Grant Program offers two $20,000 grants and fifteen $10,000 grants to organizations that help support and develop sustainable, community-based gardening and farming programs.
Having filed their application, the Sycamore Garden now needs help from the community to advance their case. From now until April 21, friends of the garden can cast votes in support of its grant application.
After voting closes, the top 50 organizations with the most votes will move on to a final judging phase, with awards to be announced on or about May 5.
Those who vote between April 1 and April 7 can also register for a Seeds of Change® drawing. Take the Pledge to Plant® and you may be one of fifty randomly-selected winners to receive a gardener's kit plus a donation to the school or community garden of your choice (total value $550).
Please help your community garden with your votes!
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Trip Presentation Friday April 18
On Sunday March 16, eight students and two advisors left NHTI and began their journey to the small town of Goldsboro, North Carolina for this year’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip. This year the club voted to spend their week giving back to a small community in need. They joined forces with Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne County, and four other institutions from around the country, to help build three houses.
Front Row: Taylor Murphy, Natasha Mosher, Brody Glidden, Brianna Pandolfi. Middle Row: Allie Pro, Whitney Strickland. Back Row: Ashley Barr, Matt Paradis, Jessica Chisholm, Ali Ressing.
Approaching their first day at the work site, the students were eager to meet some new people, and learn skills that they have never used before. Some of the jobs that they completed over the week were: cleaning and organizing the warehouse, painting siding and door frames, painting walls, siding houses, building porches, and other miscellaneous duties they were asked to do.
As the end of the week approached, the students were sad to see that the Spring Break had ended, but thrilled to see the transformation of 3 beautiful houses. “It was such a rewarding experience to be able to go to another state and give a hand to complete strangers, and work with other students from Harvard, Kansas State, University of Indiana, and more!” said Brody Glidden, President of ASB.
The Alternative Spring Break Club does not stop now! They will continue to do service though the school and community. They are looking to help out with our very own Habitat for Humanity here in New Hampshire. If anyone is interested in joining ASB or would like to learn more about the club, they meet every Tuesday from 12:00 -1:00 pm in Student Center 235.
If you would like to hear more details about ASB's trip to North Carolina, feel free to join them in the Library Computer Center on Friday, April 18 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm for their trip presentation!
In celebration of Week of the Young Child, the children of the Child and Family Development Center will gather in the parking lot of the center around 10 am on Friday April 11 to take a stroll around campus. This activity is fun for the children and highlights the value of social experiences.
Week of the Young Child is a special week recognized by the National Association for the Education of Children (NAEYC), and is held each year to honor young children and to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities. It is a chance for us to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment — at home, at child care, at school, and in the community — that will promote their early learning.
CFDC’s Third Annual Art Show and Silent Auction will be held Saturday, April 12 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 236 Hopkinton Road in Concord. Come join our silent auction and art show where infant, toddler, and preschoolers’ artwork will be exhibited. Our fundraising goal this year is to raise $2,000 to be used for our on-going playground development, upgrades, and renovations with work to begin in June.
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