Last month, the National Garden Bureau (NGB) launched the first-of-its-kind “Growing for Futures” (#growingforfutures) philanthropic program to build therapeutic gardens. Over $7,200 has been raised, with just another $2,800 needed to reach the first goal of $10,000. Once the goal of $10,000 is reached, a check will be presented to the Growing Solutions Farm to build the remaining areas needed to get the farm to full productivity.
The Growing Solutions Farm in Chicago is the first beneficiary of NGB’s annual fundraising effort. This Farm is a vocational program of the Julie + Michael Tracy Family Foundation/Urban Autism Solutions, which serves, educates and trains young adults with autism. As a vocational therapy garden, the Growing Solutions Farm exists to cultivate horticulture careers and life skills while also growing vegetables, fruits and herbs for partnering organizations.
So far in addition to individual donors, All-America Selections, Bruss Landscaping, Greenheart Farms, Proven Winners, Sakata Ornamentals, Seeds by Design and Terra Organics have provided major financial donations to the program.
NGB’s long-term goal is to raise $50,000 in both cash and supplies to help support the continued growth of this project. Donations can be made via Indiegogo before October 23, 2014, or by mailing contributions to National Garden Bureau at 1311 Butterfield Road, Suite 310, Downers Grove, IL 60515.