2018 Chelsea Area Garden Club Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Chelsea Area Garden Club grant recipients.

Chelsea Area Historical Society – Landscape to transform the front lawn and garden areas at 128 Jackson St.  The goal is to create a more welcoming gathering place, to recognize the past and educate the public.  The Historical Society purchased the 1853 Boyd House in late 2014 as the permanent home and museum of the Society.  The CAGC grant will assist in addition to other funding the Society has raised for this project.  The project will include increased plantings, benches, and recognition plaques.

Chelsea District Library – The grant will fund enhancements to Katie’s Korner including adding soil amendments, mulch and under planting the existing crab apple trees. This area is one of the central locations for Sounds and Sights in addition to staging for Library events. Hundreds of people visit Katie’s Korner each year to enjoy the music, comedy and camaraderie.

Chelsea Farmers Market – Children’s Gardening Activities. The activities are focused on increasing children’s understanding about where food comes from and encourage them to be more active in shopping for and growing their own food. The Children’s booth will be offered Saturdays, 9-noon, May – Oct 2018.  Over 188 children participated in the Market’s 2017 program. Some of the activities included planting seeds, Seed to Veggie/Fruit match, Market Scavenger Hunts and Produce Tastings, among other fun activities for children.

Chelsea Senior Center – Intergenerational Garden Summer Intern Program. To support an educational opportunity for a summer garden intern who will help provide leadership and support during the growing year in addition to volunteers. The Intergenerational program works with Camp Gabika children (ages 4-13) and provides local produce to seniors weekly, including Meals on Wheels in Chelsea and Manchester and the monthly cooking series for seniors “Eating the Colors of the Rainbow”. The children’s educational garden program includes cooking demos, plant identification, learning about beneficial and  harmful garden critters, and the anatomy of flowers/fruits through scavenger hunts and other fun activities.

Faith in Action Chelsea – The Chelsea Community Garden is located behind Timber Town off Sibley. The CCG which began over 9 yrs ago provides a place for people to garden organically.  The grant will be used to purchase materials to repair the original fence and to purchase two garden carts. Members of the CCG will provide the fence repair labor. CCG gardeners donate extra produce to the Faith in Action Food Pantry. If you are interested in obtaining a garden plot for 2018 call 734.475.3884.

Waterloo Area Historical Society – The grant will fund drip irrigation and pavers for the rose beds as part of a recently completed pergola project. The pergola rose garden area will be used for weddings and special events at the farm.  The Farm Museum attracts over 7000 visitors a year, plus 1500 school children who attend Living History program as part of their curriculum.

Chelsea High School Scholarship- CAGC also contributes to the CHSS Fund; the award recipient will be announced in June 2018.

The Chelsea Area Garden Club Grants and Scholarship program is supported by our Annual Plant Sale.

Mark your calendar now, the 2018 Club Plant Sale will be held on
Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 8 AM – Noon
The Chelsea Fairgrounds, 20501 Old US-12 Hwy.


 

2017 Chelsea Area Garden Club Grant Recipients

Chelsea District Library – Imagination in Bloom Fairy Garden The Fairy Garden will create a family friendly whimsical outdoor space on library grounds to encourage imagination, play storytelling and educational and environmental library programs.
Chelsea Farmers Market – Children’s Gardening Activities
The activities are focused on increasing children’s understanding about where food comes from and encourage them to be more active in shopping for and growing their own food.  The Children’s booth will be offered Saturdays, 9 a.m.to noon, May – Oct 2017.

Chelsea Senior Center – Intergenerational Garden Summer Intern Program.  In addition to volunteers, an internship provides an educational opportunity to help maintain the garden and hoop house. The Intergenerational program works with children from 4-13 yrs old, and provides local produce to seniors weekly.

Faith in Action Chelsea – Beautification of FIA Grounds  Our grant will go towards helping fund a project to  improve and renovate the entry and grounds around the FIA building.

Dexter District Library – Seed Library 2-Elevated Garden Beds.  The two elevated beds will be part of the larger Seed Library project.  The goal of the seed library is to provide a perpetual resource for regionally hardy, heirloom and open pollinated vegetables & flowers. Seeds will be provided free to patrons and viable crops will be donated to FIA.

Our grant and scholarship program is supported by our Annual Plant Sale. Mark your calendar now, the 2017 Club Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 8 AM – Noon at the Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, Chelsea MI