Grow Food, Grow Hope Among Top Five in Online Voting Competition

Gardens Initiative Appears to Have Won $4,000

August 7, 2012


Wilmington College’s Grow Food, Grow Hope Community Gardens Initiative is (unofficially) a big winner to the tune of $4,000 in the Online voting competition that concluded Aug. 6.

WC was one of 15 garden programs from across the country vying for a piece of the $20,000 prize offered by DeLoach Vineyards, a Sonoma County wine producer in Santa Rosa, Calif. DeLoach sponsored the promotion that began this spring and continued through Aug. 6. Persons were allowed to vote once a day.

Fans and friends of Grow Food, Grow Hope cast nearly 25,000 votes over the last four months and, considering the $4,000 payoff, that's a little over 16 cents a vote. Of even greater importance, the contest likely kept GFGH on hundreds of persons' radar.

Tara Lydy, director of the Center for Service and Civic Engagement, which oversees Grow Food, Grow Hope, was pleased and appreciative.

"A huge 'thank you' to everyone who faithfully voted over the past months for Grow Food Grow Hope," she said. "I checked the results this morning and we are in the top 5! I will pass along additional info once we are notified by the contest organizers. My understanding is the top 5 gardens will be announced in the December 2012/January 2013 issue of Organic Gardening Magazine."

Here are the unofficial rsults:
1. Niles Community Garden, Michigan with 28054 votes
2. WC Grow Food Grow Hope with 24,816 votes
3. Henderson Park, Tucker, Georgia with 24,321 votes
4. Teaching Garden at Benedictine Monastery “Monks” in Manassas, VA with 23,855 votes
5. Coventry Community Garden, Rhode Island with 22,950 votes
The ongoing Ohio-Michigan war now involves tomatoes, carrots, squash and eggplants, and the growing — not throwing — of those vegetables.

Grow Food, Grow Hope is in its fourth year of hosting community gardens. The centerpiece of the 100 gardens in which it’s involved throughout Wilmington is the 40 small-plot vegetable gardens on the eastern edge of WC’s campus.

Again this year, GFGH selected families that have unemployed or underemployed breadwinners, along with some on fixed incomes, for the program. They planted their 2012 crops and throughout the summer will harvest a bounty of such crops as tomatoes, beans, spinach, herbs and squash. They meet weekly to maintain their gardens and gain instruction on ways of preparing fresh vegetables.