Cultivating House of Grace Garden

Tillamook County Master Gardener, Daria, LaMasney, has pledged to help the local transitional home, House of Grace, with a new gardening program. Fellow Master Gardeners will be assisting Daria with this project. Right now the community’s help is needed to cultivate this garden!

House of Grace residents are women in transition recovering and moving forward from challenging pasts. Many of these women also have children with them. Peggy Walstad is the Director of this program and reached out to Daria to restore old raised beds that have been misplaced and long ago neglected. Through teaching residents about gardening they will learn to grow their own food and prepare local healthy nutritious meals for them and their families.

Currently, funding the garden for spring planning is on the agenda. The Nehalem Bay Garden Club granted House of Grace $300 in November 2015. An additional $400 has been applied for through SeedMoney, a program of the Maine-based nonprofit group, Kitchen Gardeners International. The mission is to help more people, especially disadvantaged populations, to be able to grow and access more of their own healthy food. One of the most effective ways for them to do this is by helping like-minded community groups working at the local level to secure the resources they need to start and sustain food garden projects.

This is a competition grant and we need to be one of the first grants to successfully raise the $400 needed.

If you can contribute please go to SeedMoney website and click on latest grants to healing gardens where you will find the House of Grace project. If you can do this in the next week or two to support Daria and her team and ensure they can bring this garden to our community and help give these women gain skills they will need to take them into their futures. Contributions can be received from individuals as well as groups. If you would like to make a contribution without going to the website please call Pam George at 503-815-2624 and your donation will be entered for you.