GREEN  When the city awarded its first Living Green Community Grant in 2016, Green Communications Manager Valerie Wolford said the selection committee was equally impressed by another applicant. That being the case, the committee was happy that Harmony Springs Christian Church applied again in 2017.

Wolford and Mayor Gerard Neugebauer presented Harmony Springs Christian Church the 2017 Living Green Community Grant at the June 27 Green City Council meeting.

"The plan for the Harmony Springs Farm and Garden is a great demonstration on living sustainably," said Neugebauer. "It will be exciting to see their vision for the garden grows and flourishes. "

The Living Green Community Grant was created in 2016 from funds received as a rebate from the Kimble Companies, the city’s trash and recycling aggregator. The rebate structure was added into the latest contract with the Kimble Companies based on annual increases in recycling. 

This is the second year the grant has been issued. Last year’s recipient was The CommUnity Garden, located at 880 East Turkeyfoot Lake Road.

Planting seeds for future church location

As this year’s recipient of the grant, Harmony Springs Christian Church will receive $1,120 to assist in creating a more efficient watering method for its community garden. 

The grant money will be used by Harmony Springs to purchase rain saucers and a rainwater harvesting tank and accessories to provide a more efficient watering method for its community garden, at 3891 Arlington Road, on the future site of the Harmony Springs Christian Church. The garden is now in its second season. 

"Harmony Springs is honored to receive this grant," said Joel Engman, pastor at Harmony Spring. "It will go a long way to furthering our mission to create a sustainable CSA (community supported agriculture) for our community."

Engman said Harmony Springs Farm and Garden is dedicated to connecting Green community members with sustainable, green and local gardening techniques in an effort to support those struggling with suburban food insecurity. 

Once the garden is established, Harmony Spring plans to develop a CSA program. As part of the garden’s mission, 25 percent of their yields will be donated to local food pantries, including Green Good Neighbors. 

"We would like to say thank you to the Living Green Community Grant (committee) and to the mayor for all his help and leadership," Engman said. "And when you drive down Arlington and look across the corn field, hopefully soon you will not only see sunflowers, but our new church building. We hope to be an asset to the community."

2018 grant applications

The 2018 grant applications will be released at the end of February 2018, once the 2017 rebate funds are confirmed from the Kimble Companies. City of Green not-for-profits and projects are encouraged to apply for the 2018 grant. 

Applicants should demonstration how they promote one or more of the following values: energy savings, water conservation, waste reduction, local food, and community/volunteer engagement.  

For complete details of eligibility guidelines and an application, visit

For more information or to request notification when the 2018 grant application is available, contact Wolford at or 330-896-6602.