Coventry's own Community Garden will now be able to provide even more fresh produce to residents in need after winning a $4,000 grant on August 6.
The grant program, funded by DeLoach Vineyards, will present checks totaling $20,000 to five community gardens that have a large impact on their communities. The funds can be used for anything from purchasing seeds and supplies. installing sheds and lighting, improving signage and more.
Members of the garden created a video that was posted on deloachcommunitygardens.com, and enlisted friends, family and neighbors to vote once a day from March 6 to August 6 in order to stay in the top 5.
When voting ended at midnight, the Coventry Community Garden had locked in the fifth spot by nearly 1,000 votes, finishing with 22,928.
The four other winning gardens are as follows:
27,992 - Niles Community Gardens - Niles, Michigan
24,804 - Wilmington College Grow Food Grow Hope - Wilmington, Ohio
24,309 - Henderson Park Community Garden - Tucker, Georgia
23,834 - Teaching Garden at the Benedictine Monastery - Manassas, Virginia
The Coventry Community Garden has harvested 295 pounds of organic produce so far this season, all of which has been donated to the Coventry Food Bank.
Check back with Coventry Patch for upcoming coverage on how the grant money will be utilized.