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2017 Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the students at The Steward School, Richmond, VA,  for winning the 2017Green Thumb Challenge grant!

The Shyla Ipsen Memorial Gardens at The Steward School grows vegetables, herbs and staple crops throughout all four seasons.  They started in 2013 and now have 36 raised beds on the grounds of our school. Over the course of 4 years they  have donated more than 4000 pounds of vegetables to FeedMore, meals on wheels and local homeless shelters.   The Steward School champions the fact that students who engage early with growing and eating fresh vegetables are investing in  health and wellness for life.

Read about the winning project here

GEF received many grant applications from across the country. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who submitted an entry. Every garden was unique and demonstrated the amazing things that happen when children are connected with nature!

As the finalist, The Steward School won a $1000 Gardener’s Supply Company gift certificate and $250 to go towards the sustainability of their garden!

Be sure to read about the garden projects of all the finalists, listed to the right.