Steamboat Springs Yampatika is looking to win a grant from Seeds of Change and needs the community’s votes to do so.
The grant, valued between $10,000 and $20,000, will go toward obtaining more garden space for Yampatika’s USDA-certified People’s Garden, which is located at the group’s Environmental Learning Center at Legacy Ranch.
Funding, if received, will be used to purchase gardening materials and supplies to build garden beds, create educational gardening opportunities for youths and adults and develop a gardening program to provide fresh, healthy and locally grown food for the local food bank.
Through the grant, Yampatika hopes to be able to connect hundreds of people to the process of growing local, organic food in Steamboat’s short growing season.
USDA People’s Gardens are required to benefit the community, be collaborative and incorporate sustainable practices. Community members who have contributed thousands of hours have made Yampatika’s People’s Garden possible.
Originally surrounded by a weedy area with no pathways, the garden has grown from one raised bed to four, and the demand for more garden space is growing. Adjacent to the beds is an outdoor classroom that allows for campers to engage in healthy outdoor gardening pursuits.
The Seeds of Change Grant Program is awarding $190,000 in grants, with two recipients awarded $20,000 and 15 others awarded $10,000. The top 50 eligible organizations with the most votes move on to the judging phase.
Yampatika is asking for community members to visit www.seedsofchangegrant.com and vote every day from multiple computers and devices for its project. Voters can search by the garden name (Yampatika), by zip code (80487) or city and state (Steamboat Springs, CO).
Voters also are encouraged to spread the word to help Yampatika win the grant.
Emma Wilson, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, is working as a spring intern for the Steamboat Pilot & Today.