The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners (NWLAMG) have announced this year’s recipients of $10,000 in community grants.

The NWLA Master Gardeners, which awards grants to organizations and municipalities that support beautification and horticultural education within our community, pay specific attention to projects which make a difference in the community, that are sustainable and those promoting collaboration between local organizations.

The winners of the community grant program are:

The American Rose Society, Inc. - $900

The American Rose Center will host Green Thumb, a free community horticultural education program on a wide range of gardening topics.

Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy - $2,900

A healthy living project which will include raised vegetable gardens.  The project will include education, fresh vegetables, seeds and small plants to the clients served.

The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana- $2,000

A community garden to help supplement the food distribution program at the Food Bank.

Southfield School - $2,500

Southfield School will install a Junior Master Gardener third grade garden and greenhouse.

Community Renewal International - $1,700

The Yellow House Food Forest is both a community garden and beautification effort for the Highland community.

The NWLA Master Gardeners launched this program in 2010 as a way to give back to the community after all the support given each year for the Le Tour des Jardins, Fall Bulb Sale, and Spring Plant Sale.

According to the group, its mission is to educate the public about gardening and engage our community in horticultural pursuits. Providing these grants allows them to multiply their efforts by aiding and funding projects envisioned, implemented and maintained by other groups.

More information on the Community Grant Program or each individual grantee can be attained by calling the NWLA Master Gardeners at (318) 469-9222 or by visiting their website here.