August, 2009Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas has been named one of ten finalists in a competition that pits non-profits across the nation against each other. Each is vying to win a $25,000 award, the Markham Mark of Distinction. From now until August 24th the public gets to vote online for the winners. For Green Spaces Alliance, a win would allow the organization to foster three community vegetable gardens to help hungry families feed themselves.
Julie Koppenheffer, Executive Director of Green Spaces, says, “Since Green Spaces began its community garden program four years ago, neighbors have been clamoring for help to get a garden started in their community. At a time when increased economic problems make food insecurity worse for San Antonio’s lower income residents, Green Spaces hopes to help families supplement their diets with fresh vegetables from a community garden with the award from Markham Vineyards.”
The Green Spaces Community Garden Network currently has 18 gardens throughout the city of San Antonio, with more to join next week when Green Spaces announces it fifth round of community garden starter grants funded by the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, the Lattner Family Foundation, and Les Dames de Escoffier. Thousands of volunteers have supported the gardens, along with those generous funders. However, the demand for assistance in planning and building a garden is so great, that Green Spaces constantly seeks additional funding and assistance.
Green Spaces is calling upon everyone across San Antonio and across the country to vote online to support three community vegetable gardens for low income families by voting for Green Spaces Alliance every day between now and August 24th. Vote for Green Spaces Alliance daily at www.markhammarkofdistinction.com.
Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas*
Green Spaces is a non-profit organization based in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Their mission is to keep more of South Texas green through land conservation, community gardening and educational programs. For more information, visit www.greenspacesalliance.org.
* formerly known as the Bexar Land Trust