Return on Sweat Equity

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Washington, D.C., has selected Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as one of only ten libraries and museums to receive the 2011 National Medal. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries for extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Recipients must demonstrate innovative approaches to public service and community outreach. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was nominated by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA).

“The IMLS award highlights the important role libraries and museums have in our communities,” said Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden President and CEO Frank Robinson. “We’re extending beyond traditional boundaries to have a positive impact and to enrich daily lives.” Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was selected based on its work growing fresh produce for the hungry; actively participating in urban greening and water management initiatives; contributing to economic development and work-force training; and educating diverse youth and adult audiences about critical issues related to the interdependence of people and plants.

Many, many thanks to the volunteers who contributed approximately 400 hours of sweat equity this season in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden. Your involvement was a major factor in this national recognition for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. So far this season we’ve produced 8,900 pounds of tomatoes and squash for the FeedMore organization, and we’re expecting to harvest an additional 500-700 pounds of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower during the next several weeks as we close out the 2011 growing season. Stay tuned to this channel over the winter months as we make plans for growth and expanded output in 2012.

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