Richmond, BC—Nature’s Path is expanding their annual Gardens for Good program to help recognize the work community gardens are doing across the U.S. and Canada, according to a press release. The company will support 21 community gardens with $5,000 each.

Applications will be accepted starting on February 5th, with special focus on gardens founded by and serving Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Applications can be submittedhereand promoted for votes through April 7. Winners will be selected on April 14, National Gardening Day.

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According to the USDA Economic Research Service, over 23 million people in the U.S. alone live in areas with reduced access to affordable, fresh food, half of which are considered low-income. Gardens for Good was created in 2010 to support community gardens, with a focus on ones in neighborhoods with limited access to fresh foods.

In previous years, Gardens for Good has provided three grants; this is the first year Nature’s Path is expanding the program to 21 gardens. Nature’s Path has donated over $400,000 to 27 community garden products since the project’s inception.