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Growing to Green Awards

The Growing to Green Awards honors 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.

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations this year! Nominations for the 2021 Awards closed at midnight on August 2. More information on winners and the Awards Ceremony will be available shortly.

Descriptions of the 8 award categories are available below.

Boyd W. Bowden Garden Impact Award for Education and Leadership

The Boyd W. Bowden Garden Impact Award for education and leadership is presented to a community garden that has shown a significant and sustainable impact on the health and vitality of the community through Children’s Education, Job Training and/or 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.

These awards honor Dr. Bowden’s love of gardening as well as his life-long commitment to improving community health and the quality of life for citizens in Central Ohio.

Boyd W. Bowden Garden Impact Award for Wellness and Health

The Boyd W. Bowden Garden Impact Award for wellness and health is presented to a community garden that has shown a significant and sustainable impact on the health and vitality of the community while developing connections to Nutrition, Wellness, and/or Food Production.

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.

These awards honor Dr. Bowden’s love of gardening as well as his life-long commitment to improving community health and the quality of life for citizens in Central Ohio.

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.

Community Gardener of the Year

Community Gardener of the Year award is presented to an individual who is exceptionally dedicated to their 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 their community gardening project.

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 their education and interest in gardening or to make improvements in their community.

Neighborhood Improvement Project of the Year

The Neighborhood Improvement Project of the Year award is presented to a Community Garden, Urban Farm, park, gateway, streetscape, school or other community beautification or food project. An award of $250 will be given to the project that has done the most to benefit its surrounding 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.

What is 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 300 community gardens throughout the central Ohio area.

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