Gardeners Supply Company recently announced their 2008 Crusader Awards honoring people who’ve improved the world through gardening, and what a crop of awesome people! There are five winners in each category, and here’s a little bit about the top winners.
Education: Gail Pianalto (right) is a community garden organizer in Arkansas.
Feeding the Hungary: Shirley Edwards of Rochester, NY (lower right) led the charge to create a grocery store and urban farm, both run by the community.
Urban Renewal: Guillermo Vasquez (left) leads San Francisco’s Indigenous Permaculture Project.
Restoration: Charlotte Valbert of Tacoma, WA, (lower left) led the drive to convert an abandoned farm into a berry-picking park. (Notice that she’s doing this at 80 years of age, so a great role model for aging while gardening.)
Nominations for 2009 awards open in February (watch this space for an announcement) and may include new categories for individual gardens and for people in government who are making things happen. (Yeah, let’s reward ’em!)