Rooftop garden and Unity fair receive $5,000

By Meg Haskell, BDN Staff
Posted July 21, 2010, at 9:26 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The rooftop garden at the Hammond Street Senior Center and the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity have won regional recognition from the Changemakers community action organization.

The two organizations were among hundreds of entrants from New England and New York that applied earlier this year for 10 grants of $5,000 each from the “Revelation to Action” competition sponsored by Green Mountain Coffee and the Ashoka social entrepreneurism organization. The competition awarded projects that embody principles of community engagement and mobilization.

At a forum last week in Boston, the 2-year-old “Still Growing” garden project and the Common Ground Country Fair, now in its third decade, were each awarded $5,000.

The rooftop garden project at the Hammond Street Senior Center allows members of the center to enjoy growing flowers, herbs and vegetables in the heart of downtown Bangor. Senior citizens who can no longer manage a garden on their own or who lack the space to garden at their homes can use the community garden for enjoyment, exercise and socialization. Produce is shared among members and used at community meals.

Development and communications director Deanna Partidge said Wednesday that the award will be used to expand the size of the garden, extend the growing season with cold frames, or install an irrigation system.

Jim Ahearne, director of the Common Ground Country Fair, said Wednesday that the process of applying for the award created new connections within the social change community and provided a valuable opportunity to step back from the hard work of organizing the fair and reflect on its mission and values.

Ahearne said it has not yet been decided how best to use the award.

On the web: www.changemakers.com/revelation

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