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    GrowMemphis: Gonna Make This Garden Grow

    Memphis Connect -

    A green-going Memphis group has gotten a national shout-out for their efforts to bring fresh produce into our city’s food deserts. Your vote could help them turn the attention into a cash prize, extending their roots deeper into the fertile earth of do-goodery.

    Local non-profit GrowMemphis has been chosen to represent Tennessee in a national initiative sponsored by Tom’s of Maine, the famous makers of earth-friendly hygiene products.
     
    For this online contest, dubbed 50 States for Good, Tom’s chose one green-driven non-profit from each state, six of which will nab a monetary prize based on a public vote. In mid-November, the company will announce one $50,000 top winner and five $20,000 prizes.
     
    “We need this,” says GrowMemphis board member Emily Fulmer. “GrowMemphis has got to grow itself.”

    Launched in 2007, GrowMemphis has since been involved in the creation of more than two dozen gardens within the city of Memphis. The group provides start-up funding for these gardens, and helps neighborhood organizers make the most out of them by providing gardening training, funding and education about the importance of fresh produce in our diets.
     
    “We’re all about comprehensive garden leadership training,” says Fulmer. “We share gardening skills but also community organizing skills. And we work hard to ensure each garden reaches its potential.”
     
    Check out the ever-growing list of GrowMemphis partner gardens here. You can connect with GrowMemphis through their Facebook page, and vote for them on Tom’s of Maine’s page. Voting runs to October 9, and folks are encouraged to vote once daily.