The purpose of the Grindrod Garlic Festival Society is:
(a) To raise awareness about and promote local food and agriculture, and economically and environmentally sustainable farming practices;
(b) To foster community spirit by organizing the Grindrod Garlic Festival;
(c) To support related local community events, community organizations, artisans and education initiatives whenever possible.
In addition to supporting various 4H and other clubs, the Grindrod Garlic Festival Society has established a grant of up to $500 to be awarded to a class within School District 83 (North Okanagan Shuswap) with a project that is aligned with the purposes of the Society.
In 2023, we had funds to award two grants. One went to Grindrod Elementary School for equipment and plants for their school garden. The second went to MV Beattie Elementary for potato grow bags and to expand their garden beds. The older students help the younger ones and community members help tend the gardens over summer break.
Photo is of the new garden at MV Beattie along with a few of the potato grow bags.