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USDA Awards St. George Village Botanical Garden $2.5M

An Article by The The St. Croix Source- See the full article HERE

The St. George Village Botanical Garden has announced it is the recipient of a $2.5M 4-year grant from the (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service made possible by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. The garden was one of 385 grant proposals selected from thousands of entries nationwide.

The grant, “Strength of Our R.O.O.T.S.: The Community’s Reclamation of Our Trees & Soil in the St. George Village Botanical Garden, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands,” is a conservation project that will plant trees in the St. George Village Botanical Garden and on school properties. The garden specifically hopes to increase the number and diversity of garden trees by 220% percent by planting 1,100 new tropical trees with associated labeling and signage.

The garden will become an accredited arboretum and a center for local multigenerational education and workforce development in urban forestry, community food resilience and climate change mitigation. It will serve as an accessible, shaded and safe public space for disadvantaged residents.

Executive Director Sarah Brady said, “The Garden is thrilled and honored to be the recipient of a grant of this size, and we’d like to especially thank Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture Assistant Commissioner Diana Collingwood for the invaluable assistance she and V.I. Department of Agriculture provided in the development of this grant proposal.”


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