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Winner of the Strawberry Sprout Grant

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Congratulations to Margaret Goolsby, the recipient of the 1st Strawberry Sprout Grant!


 A veteran and Montgomery County, MD resident, Margaret's involvement in horticulture began at the age of 5 in her family garden growing concord grapes, tomatoes, beets, beans, and peas. Her father taught her about pollination, composting, direct seeding, and how to harvest a crop. This grew into a life long passion and in 2015, she earned a certificate in ecological horticulture from the Center of Ecological Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California in Santa Cruz.  After receiving her B.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from The University of Maryland, travelled to Tanzania and South Africa where she grew vegetable peanuts with women farmers and assisted in the cooperative movement.  

Currently she is working as a seasonal gardener at Brookside Gardens and is establishing her own landscaping business, Hyacinth Landscaping. The name Hyacinth was inspired by her favorite proverb,

"If I had but 2 loaves of bread, I'd sell one and buy hyacinths, for they would feed my soul."

From Margaret on how horticulture inspires her, "Planting seeds means believing in a future. It reminds me that the world is beautiful and if I slow down enough, I will see and enjoy it. It inspires me to appreciate the uniqueness that exist in nature and on our planet."

She will use the grant funds to further her education in sustainability and landscape design by taking classes at Montgomery College. 

About the Strawberry Sprout Grant

As a woman-owned business, Strawberry Fields LLC wants to help and empower women in horticulture.
The Strawberry Sprout Grant was created to help fund and support women in the Northeast region of the United States who want to further their careers in horticulture. 

The $1,000 micro grant is designed to support women in the Northeast Region of the United States who are interested in pursuing a career in the horticulture world, specifically women creating new ideas,
projects and career goals in horticulture.

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  • Women (cis and trans are welcome to apply) who live and work in the Northeast region of the United States (Virginia to Maine) 

  • Are at least 18 years old 

  • Must hold a high school diploma or equivalent

  • Must show an interest of actively pursuing this goal for at least 6 months. Examples include website, resume, or portfolio 

Education        Training        Trade Tools        Small Business Development         Materials  


Stay Tuned for announcement of future dates!

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This grant is open to women (including cis and trans) living and working in the Northeast region of the United States. 

The grant committee considers many factors including but not limited to:
        -Strength of application
        -Opportunity to make a great impact on our local community and environment
        -Unique and creative use of grant funding

Grantee will be notified through email by a member of the grant committee. One year after the awarding of the grant, the winner will be required to provide a one page report of how the grant funds were used, what they learned from their project, and overall thoughts on the micro grant program. 

For additional questions please email strawberrygardendesign@gmail.com