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Growing to Green

Growing to Green is Columbus’ largest organized effort to promote and provide free community resources for community gardening and city beautification. Initiated in March 2000, Growing to Green has assisted in the start-up or renovation of more than 250 community gardens throughout the central Ohio area.

Growing to Green assists individuals and groups interested in starting a community garden, neighborhood beautification project, or a school learning garden. For more information, contact Bill Dawson, Growing to Green Coordinator, at 614.715.8090.

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Growing to Green Awards

Thank you for your Growing to Green Award nominations.
Winners will be announced at the Harvest Celebration on Thursday, September 12.

VIEW HARVEST CELEBRATION INVITATION

The 2019 Growing to Green Awards will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at The Wells Barn at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The Growing to Green Awards honor the dedication and hard work of many central Ohio communities and individuals while furthering Growing to Green’s objective of promoting participation in city beautification and community gardening.


Neighborhood Improvement Project of the Year

The Neighborhood Improvement Project of the Year award, sponsored by the City of Columbus and Franklin County Local Food Board, is presented to a park, community garden, gateway, streetscape, school or other community beautification project. An award of $250 will be given to the project that has done the most to benefit its surrounding community.


Education Garden of the Year

Education Garden of the year Award is presented to a school or other organization that utilizes garden projects for educational purposes. An award of $500 will be given to the top garden in this category.


Paul B. Redman Youth Leadership Award

The Paul B. Redman Youth Leadership Award is presented by the Women’s Board of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, this award is given to an outstanding youth gardener age 18 or younger. An award of $250 will be given to the winner to further his/her education and interest in gardening or to make improvement in his/her community.


Sustainability Award

The Sustainability Award is presented to a garden that is utilizing sustainable community gardening practices, including community-building activities, sustainable garden design, and utilization of green practices (e.g. rain barrels) and / or has proven sustainable over the long term. $250 will be awarded to further advance the sustainability of the community garden.


Community Gardener of the Year

Community Gardener of the Year award is presented to an individual who is exceptionally dedicated to his/her neighborhood garden and or the movement of community gardening in central Ohio. An award of $250 will be given to the winner to be applied toward his/her community gardening project.


Community Garden of the Year

Community Garden of the Year award is presented to a neighborhood gardening project for beautification and/or food production.An award of $500 will be given to the top garden in this category.


Boyd W. Bowden Garden Impact Award

The Boyd W. Bowden Garden Impact Award is presented to a community garden that has shown significant and sustainable impact on the health and vitality of its community in one of five areas: Nutrition and Wellness, Food Production, Children’s Education, Job Training and Celebrating Culture.

Presented by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and the Bowden Family, the winner of this award will receive $750 to further impact the community and garden project.

This award honors Dr. Bowden’s love of gardening and his life-long commitment to improve community health and the quality of life of citizens in Central Ohio.

We Dig Ohio! Urban Agriculture & Community Garden Summit

Thank you to participants and sponsors of We Dig Ohio 2019.

We Dig Ohio 2019 Photo Gallery

Growing to Green Resource Guide

View the Growing to Green Resource Guide for community gardening best practices as defined by industry leaders and top research institutions.

View Digital Resource Guide

Growing to Green Hub Gardens

Twelve hub gardens throughout central Ohio serve as gardening education centers for their communities and as inspirational resources for anyone interested in community gardening. These well-established gardens and urban farms excel in serving their neighborhood by providing increased access to fresh, healthy food, and developing programs for youth education, job training, and cultural enrichment.

Download hub gardens List

Local Grants Information

For more information about grant opportunities and application deadlines, click the link below.

Grant Information

Community Gardener Survey

Are you involved with a community garden? Want to learn more about Growing to Green? Please take a moment to complete this survey.

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