2016 NH Master Gardener Grant Winners
2016 NH Master Gardener Grant Winners
The New Hampshire Master Gardener Association (NHMGA) in partnership with UNH Cooperative Extension provides educational programs and financial support for Master Gardener community outreach projects. In 2016, its ninth year, NHMGA awarded over $9,000 to fund 12 projects encompassing school, community, historic and demonstration gardens across the state. NHMGA encourages other Master Gardener or Master Gardener Interns working on educational or community gardens to apply for grant in winter/spring 2017.
August-September Spot Light on: Copper Cannon Camp Project in Bethlehem
Bi-monthly, we will be featuring one of our NH Master Gardener Projects. In August-September, the spot light is on Russ Gaitskill's project at Copper Canon Camp:
2016 Grant Awardees:
1. The Gardens at New Creation in Kingston, grant awarded to Dan Weaver (Master Gardener since 2009):
Dan Weaver has been working with staff at The Gardens at New Creation to build raised beds surrounded by fences. These gardens have been growing for two years and display floral beds with labels as well as a vegetable garden with produce donated to the Town Food Pantry. Some of the beds are used as demonstration gardens for workshops.
2. Rivermere Community Housing Raised Beds Project in Lebanon, grant awarded to Barbara Zannini and Betsy Warren (Master Gardeners since 2014):
Barbara Zannini and Betsy Warren received a grant to help educate, assist, and support low-income residents. Six raised beds were added at Rivermere Community Housing during renovations of buildings that were devastated by a flood in 2013. Barbara and Betsy will purchase soil amendments, seeds, and plants for this project with their 2016 grant funds.
3. The Youth Garden Project in Derry, grant awarded to Nancy Francis (Master Gardener since 2012):
The Youth Garden Project in Derry was initiated in 2009 in partnership with the Derry Girls and Boys Club. The garden is a place for mini horticultural lessons as well as hands-on fun gardening. The grant helped fund a ground level irrigation system this spring, which will allow a greater chance for larger crop yields. The grant also allowed the planting of two dwarf reliance peach trees.
4. Massabesic Audubon Center Fragrance Garden in Auburn, grant awarded to Aline Hammerstrom (Master Gardener since 2011):
At Massabesic Audubon Center, Martha Israel, a legally blind gardener, is working to plant a fragrance garden. Aline Hammerstrom is overseeing the implementation of this grant.
5. Barrington Elementary School Raised Beds in Barrington, grant awarded to Traci Bisson (Master Gardener since 2015):
Students at Barrington Elementary School are planting two raised beds with funds won by Traci Bisson. Students will plant one pollinator bed and one vegetable bed and will keep journals to document plant growth.
6. ESL (English as a Second Language) Students' Garden in West High School (Manchester), grant awarded to Madeleine Perron (Master Gardener since 1993):
ESL Students from different native countries will plant a garden in the courtyard of their school. Madeleine Perron is working with the students and teachers to complete this project, using grant funds.
7. Copper Cannon Camp Project in Bethlehem, grant awarded to Russ Gaitskill (Master Gardener since 2014):
Copper Cannon Camp, a summer experience for New Hampshire underserved children, is creating a large planting site and curriculum for all campers. Russ Gaitskill is overseeing the planning, planting, staff orientation, and online garden updates. Russ held a kick-off event in June.
8. Manchester West High School Plant Sale, grant awarded to Gary Sheehan (Master Gardener since 2008):
Gary Sheehan helped Manchester West High School planned a garden plant sale to support refurbishing their greenhouse. The plants and supports to display the sale items were purchased with grant funds in May. Gary and others built portable supports and held sales at school and twice at a farmers' market. The greenhouse can now be used in the science curriculum.
9. Rooting for Families Collaborative Garden at Manchester Community College, grant awarded to Marjorie O’Leary (Master Gardener since 2016):
In support of Rooting for Families Collaborative, a garden in the Manchester Community College site garden space, Marjorie O’Leary is purchasing tools, a watering system, and a security camera to deter theft and vandalism in the established gardens.
10. Alumni Hall Garden in Haverhill, grant awarded to Phyllis McKenna and JoAnn Gorham (Master Gardeners since 2012):
Alumni Hall (1846) is located in the Haverhill Corner Historic District, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is on the path of American Scenic Byways (Connecticut River Byway) and frequented by many tourists. Phyllis McKenna and JoAnn Gorham have researched plants that were planted there around 1850. The grant will pay for additional plants and a brochure to educate the public about the garden.
11. The Woodman Museum Garden in Dover, grant awarded to Elizabeth Fischer (Master Gardener since 2003):
The Woodman Museum Garden in Dover received a grant by Elizabeth Fischer. A group plans to design, select plants, and install a garden with a curriculum for visitors to the museum. The unveiling of the garden is timed for the Centennial celebration of the Woodman Museum in late July.
12. Grafton County Complex in North Haverhill, grant awarded to Joan Pushee (Master Gardener since 1999):
At the Grafton County Complex, Joan Pushee is planting perennials with Master Gardeners Lois Grout, Cathy Cichon, BG Frazier, and Mary Ann Mann. They will work with the nearby nursing home and local 4-H students. Labels will identify all the plant material for the public to learn about the gardens.