AMSTERDAM - Liberty was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to assist in expanding the Liberty/Fulton-Montgomery Community College Community Garden.
The grant funding will be used to purchase equipment and materials that will broaden the scope of the gardening program, a news release said.
The intent of the gardening program is to increase educational, therapeutic and relationship building options for the individuals Liberty supports, the release said, while fostering a connection to the college and supporting the community through donations of fresh produce to local charities.
For three seasons of the year, the garden will provide 70 individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn how to plant, tend and harvest produce to share with area residents who receive support from local food banks.
The individuals in the program work alongside students and faculty volunteers from the college, students from local schools and area residents.
"Liberty is honored to have received a gift like this that will have a tremendous impact on numerous individuals involved in the project," Liberty CEO Mike Decker said in a news release.