Lothrop Science and Technology Magnet School students plan to grow native prairie grasses and flowers and give them to the community to put into landscaping. The students and community members will have the opportunity to learn why native species are a better choice than exotic plants. A $500 grant from the Green Neighborhood Council’s new small seed grants program will help. The Green Neighborhood Council (GNC) is one of five councils that make up the Green Omaha Coalition, whose mission is to promote a greener Omaha through collaboration, education, and advocacy.
The Green Neighborhood Council was given the opportunity to launch a green grants program when the group received a $10,000 grant from the Mammel Foundation in July. The South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance will use its $1,000 grant to complete the $5,000 cost of installing and securing a yard hydrant to provide a permanent water source for the 60 fruit tree orchard, plus additional nut- producing trees and raised garden beds with perennial berries at the seven-acre Dorothy Patach Natural Environmental Area.
The complete grant list:
Benson-Ames Alliance: $1,000 to purchase and install a city-approved bench for placement along the new walking trail in Fontenelle Park.
Benson Community Garden: $1,000 to purchase 18 gallons of earth-friendly wood oil finish to apply two coats to stain and seal their garden’s fence, which is made of reclaimed lumber.
Big Garden: $1,000 for Freestone Baptist Church, a member of the Big Garden Coalition, to construct and install raised garden beds and to purchase topsoil and compost.
Dundee Community Garden: $1,000 to cover the application fee and a portion of reduced attorney fees to become a designated nonprofit organization; this will allow the organization to raise funds as a nonprofit in order to purchase their current garden site on 49th and Underwood.
Lothrop Science and Technology Magnet School: $500 to grow native prairie grasses and flowers, to give them to the community to put into landscaping, and to develop curriculum on native plant species versus exotic varieties.
Montessori International School of the Plains, a Nonprofit Middle and High School:
$1,000 to purchase two small PVC-pipe greenhouses, seeds, soil, and other supplies to help them grow more plants as part of their school garden and curriculum.
Omaha Biofuels, a Nonprofit & Educational Cooperative: $983.95 to purchase a vegetable oil pump and vegetable oil containers in order to triple the speed of oil transfer and significantly increase storage capacity of finished biofuels.
Omaha Public Library/Neighborhood Center/OPPD: $1,000 to purchase 100 energy efficiency kits to distribute at two co-sponsored Bringing Energy Efficiency Home workshops at local libraries.
South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance: $1,000 to complete the cost of installing and securing a yard hydrant to provide a permanent water source for the orchard and raised garden beds in the seven-acre Dorothy Patach Natural Environmental Area.
Transition Omaha: $500 to purchase books, documentaries, printed articles, and other materials for their public lending library.
Truck Farm Omaha: $1,000 for educational programs about farming and gardening for urban youth in the fall of 2012 and spring of 2013 and to purchase packets of heirloom seeds.