Herkimer County HealthNet announced the organization is the recipient of a $6,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and the Wesley and Marion Small Fund. The funds will be used towards the initial construction of the Frankfort community garden to be installed this summer at the park in the Village of Frankfort. “We are thrilled to help construct the first community garden in the Village of Frankfort and believe it will be an amazing source of nutrition, education and wellness for all.” said Elyse Enea, Executive Director of Herkimer County HealthNet.
“We are so grateful for the support of the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and the Wesley and Marion Small Fund and are excited this grant will allow us to open the garden at the village park this summer,” said Alexandra Tamburro, Frankfort resident and coordinator of the community garden project “It is so inspiring to see our plans come to life and be able to offer the space to grow and create long-lasting, healthy relationships with our neighbors and natural environment.”
Village of Frankfort Mayor Adams stated “I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and the Wesley and Marion Small Fund for the funding to assist with the start-up of the “Frankfort Community Garden”. I also would like to thank Herkimer County HealthNet for their assistance in submitting for this project. It is through appreciable funding opportunities like this that we have the ability to accomplish such great community-oriented projects that not only teach people to work together but it also teaches lifelong skills that team members are able to carry to their own homes and pass along to their families.”
The garden will offer hands-on learning opportunities while providing community members the space, education and skills related to sustainable gardening practices and land stewardship.
The Mission of the Herkimer County HealthNet is to improve the health and well-being of individuals who live, work, play, and learn in Herkimer County.
Photo Left- Right: Erin Grygiel, Elyse Enea Bellows, Alexandra Tamburro