Grant #282

Sycamore Community Garden

February 19, 2018

America’s not a melting pot, we’re a salad! Mix organic gardens with immigrants & new neighbors for awesomeness.

We love this recipe: take some land, divide into dozens of garden plots. Invite longtime community residents to plant organic vegetables, add a generous helping of new neighbors who happen to be refugees making a new home in the USA. Mix thoroughly, blending with volunteers and staff people to teach gardening skills and model cross-cultural understanding. What do you get?

If you’re lucky, you get the Sycamore Community Garden in Concord, New Hampshire.

For nearly a decade, families who couldn’t be more different come together to plant, tend, harvest, and socialize, and guess what? The differences don’t matter much when you’re sharing experiences, stories, and maybe a shared sense of purpose.

What could add to the awesomeness?

How about some picnic tables, a little shade to rest under, and more gardening tools?

That’s what this Awesome Without Borders grant will provide.

People used to say that America was a great melting pot, where people came from all countries to become one dish. It turns out we’re more like a salad, with a lot of delicious ingredients retaining their identity but working together very well. Check out all the goodness growing at , and follow along with their Facebook page and Instagram account.



After 11+ years, we’re signing off and closing applications for good. We’ve supported 571 projects with $571,000 in grant dollars. We’re so proud to have celebrated such incredible work. Please visit for more information on other AWESOME chapters! And thanks for sharing so much awesomeness with us.

Team Awesome Without Borders