Supporting urban gardening throughout Frederick County | Frederick County

Linda Moran and her husband Don Doughty shared an interest in gardening and the importance of public green space. Their shared interest is honored with a fund in Mr. Doughty’s memory at The Community Foundation of Frederick County.

Mr. Doughty was a gifted musician, educator, and volunteer. He was also a talented photographer who enjoyed photographing gardens and outdoor spaces. He was a longtime supporter of public green spaces and their ability to provide a calming and restorative balance to individuals and communities.

After Mr. Doughty passed away, Ms. Moran turned to the Community Foundation in 2009 to establish The Don Doughty and Linda Moran Fund. She wanted to create a fund that honored her husband’s legacy and reflected their shared interest of having people benefit from the therapeutic aspects of urban gardening and public green spaces. The donor-advised fund’s purpose is to provide grants in support of the Community Foundation’s mission.

The fund has provided broad impact in the community by supporting a variety of urban gardening programs and enhancement of public green spaces. Heritage Frederick received a grant from the fund to support garden and streetscape improvements for its Church Street property. Housing Authority of the City of

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Urban Roots and MAP Growing Green

This past week, Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market held its first 2021 Spring Gardening Seminar – raising backyard chickens. These seminars, usually hosted live, are now being held virtually, of course. With that in mind, there’s an incredibly wide array of gardening topics to explore, from herbal medicinals to organic disease and pest management. There are even a couple of in-person classes (held outside in the spring) that sound like a lot of fun, including urban foraging.

Registration is now open for all of the free seminars, which are being sponsored by MAP Growing Green, Grassroots Gardens of WNY, and Urban Roots. Everyone is invited to tune in, no matter their gardening abilities.

Space is limited and registration is required.

For those that missed out on the virtual chicken raising seminar, be sure to check out this BRTV episode that shows just how fun it can be, not to mention productive… and rewarding for those who enjoy an occasional fresh omelet. And be sure to check in with Urban Roots on occasion, to keep up to date with all of their seminars, so that you don’t miss out on any of their informative gardening and backyard adventures.

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