One fulfilling way to pay it forward is to Sow It Forward! The Sow It Forward program, run by Kitchen Gardeners International, provides funds and other support to burgeoning garden projects.
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Imagine all of the social benefits if more of the world’s gardeners found a way to share their knowledge, time, seeds and harvests with those in need in their own communities. The Maine-based nonprofit Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI) is working to make it easier for gardeners to share what they know and grow through a program called Sow It Forward.
The program provides grants of cash, seeds, supplies, educational publications (including free subscriptions to MOTHER EARTH NEWS) and online garden-planning software to schools, community gardens, food pantries, and other community-based causes interested in starting or sustaining a kitchen garden project. But more than just a grants program, Sow It Forward invites these like-minded causes to be partners in KGI’s work, and to use its network and Web-based tools to tell their stories and connect with new friends near and far. In 2013, KGI awarded 80 garden grants of $300 to $600 each, and is on track to offer even more next year. To learn more about the program and how to apply for a grant to back a garden project, visit Kitchen Gardeners International.