Some of you may have noticed that your favorite blogs are participating in the DonorsChoose.org Blogger Challenge. The idea is that teachers post requests for funding for a particular project, and bloggers choose projects to support. They encourage readers (that’s you–and me) to donate, and they’ll keep track of the winners through Oct. 31. Awards go to the blogs that get the most donors involved, raise the most money, or help the most students. But it’s not about the awards–it’s about what happens in the classroom.
So here’s our idea: Let’s get all the garden bloggers together to do one big challenge. By putting out one mega-challenge, we can really send the message that garden bloggers are an active community, and that gardening matters. After all, garden bloggers are still an overlooked group–there is rarely a "garden blog" category in blog directories or award programs, and the mainstream garden media is still figuring out what a blog might be. So let’s band together and make our voices heard. Make a donation if you can, and please do put a link on your own blog to help spread the word.
We’ve chosen an ambitious $10,000 worth of projects to fund. Most projects are proposed by young, ambitious teachers, many of them part of the Teach for America programs. The schools are almost all high-poverty schools. Some don’t have any safe outdoor space for a garden, so the teachers request indoor grow equipment. There are worm composting projects, butterfly projects, and many projects for kids with special needs.
Donating is easy–just follow this link to the GardenRant Global Garden Blogger Challenge. Feel free to link directly to that page on your own blog. We’ll keep a thermometer in the sidebar throughout the month of October to track the donations raised in response to this challenge–regardless of whether they came from GardenRant readers or readers of any other garden blog that wants to join us. You’ll even find a link there to email the challenge to your friends.
Gardens. Schools. What’s not to like? I’m getting off my butt (oh, wait, I can do this without getting off my butt!) and making a donation now.