Grow Jamestown Community Garden Program Receives Grant from Lake Shore Savings Bank

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From left to right are Hiroko Walters, manager of Lake Shore Savings Bank’s Jamestown branch; Peter Lombardi, Deputy Director of JRC; Mary Maxwell, Neighborhood Project Associate at JRC; and Steve Columbare, Everydays True Value.
From left to right are Hiroko Walters, manager of Lake Shore Savings Bank’s Jamestown branch; Peter Lombardi, Deputy Director of JRC; Mary Maxwell, Neighborhood Project Associate at JRC; and Steve Columbare, Everydays True Value.

The GROW Jamestown Community Garden program steered by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation recently received a $1,000 grant from Lake Shore Savings Bank to be used for shared gardening tools and supplies, helping to bolster a program that beautifies neighborhoods and promote the reutilization of vacant land.

“This grant is a wonderful gift to the gardeners and community,” said Mary Maxwell, Neighborhood Project Associate for the JRC. “The grant money is going to make garden maintenance easier for existing and new locations,” said Maxwell. The tools will be stored in secured tool sheds constructed earlier this year at three garden sites: the corners of Washington Street and Eighth Street, Lakeview Avenue and Sixth Street, and Allen Street and Chandler Street. At each site, gardeners pay $10 per year to lease raised beds that are 12-feet-long by 4-feet-wide.

Prior to the grant being awarded, gardeners were transporting their own tools from home. The grant money will provide new tools for all gardeners to use at each location. Tools were purchased through a partnership with Everydays True Value Hardware on Foote Avenue in Jamestown.

“The GROW Jamestown Community Garden program was established in 2012 to begin an experiment with reusing vacant and underutilized land,” said Peter Lombardi, Deputy Director for the JRC.

“Each year is a learning process as we hone the model and work with organizations that would like to start and manage their own gardens.”

Other GROW Jamestown initiatives include the front garden recognition program and the annual GROW Jamestown Garden Fair which is scheduled to be held on March 21, 2015.

For more information on Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, GROW Jamestown initiatives, or to inquire about available garden beds, contact Mary Maxwell at 716-664-2477 or by emailing mary@jamestownrenaissance.org.

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is a nonprofit organization that supports downtown and neighborhood revitalization in Jamestown, NY, by promoting reinvestment, stakeholder engagement, and innovation.