Support is still growing for the Jewish Federation of Tulsa Community Garden. The garden was recently recognized by the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) and awarded a grant to continue efforts to feed hungry Tulsa families.
The Mrs. Meyer’s Grant is awarded to one community garden in each of three U.S. cities, Tulsa, Denver, and St. Joseph, Missouri. The grant will provide $2,400 for garden improvements and the planting of fruit trees.
The grant is part of the philanthropic work of the Mrs. Meyer’s corporation, a maker of natural cleaning products, through the ACGA, which encourages celebrating “National Plant Something Day” and contributes to community garden improvements. The company cites Mrs. Thelma Meyer’s passion for the environment as the inspiration behind its plant-derived products and giving programs.
The grant was presented in person by the President and Vice-President of the ACGA, who were in Tulsa for a community gardening workshop in June. The two were impressed with the lush greenery and healthy plants, tended to by two JFT volunteer Master Gardeners, Bob Mickey and Levi Thetford. Their tireless efforts provide weekly deliveries to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, which is the sole beneficiary of the garden. So far, this year’s harvest has included asparagus, garlic, onions, lettuce, fresh herbs and more, with potatoes, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes soon to follow. Last year, the JFT Community Garden provided nearly one ton of fresh produce to help feed nutritious meals to the hungry in Tulsa.
If you would like to volunteer in the community garden, please contact Jewish Federation of Tulsa Deputy Director Heather Lewin at 918.495.1100.