Main Street Gardnerville’s Heritage Park Gardens was one of 13 projects around the state to receive an award from the Nevada Department of Agriculture.
The community garden project received $5,000 they will use to build a children’s garden area of Heritage Park Gardens, Main Street Manager Paula Lochridge said.
According to the state, Heritage Park Gardens’ mission is to teach youth and parents about the health benefits of consuming fresh, locally grown produce
“The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is a critical way to experiment with and promote crops throughout the state,” said Director Jim Barbee. “We are grateful for the funding from the USDA to enhance competitiveness among Nevada’s specialty crop industry.”
Specialty crops are defined as, “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops including floriculture.”
Nevada looks for projects that promote and enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by increasing knowledge and consumption of specialty crops, improving distribution systems, enhancing produce safety, eradicating pest and plant health issues, specialty crop research and developing new and improved crop varieties, officials said.
The second annual Harvest Festival on Saturday featured the dedication of the labyrinth that volunteers have been building all summer.
The Carson Valley Community Food Closet recognized Matthew and Zachary Kruse from Boy Scout Troop 33 for the vegetables they raised in their bed and donated.