Fresno-area Realtors are doing good things for the community this fall.
The grant is given to local and state organizations to help fund small projects that provide neighborhoods with a better place to live, work and play. Some examples include turning a parking lot into a farmer’s market or a vacant lot into a playground.
“As the Fresno County area becomes more attractive and welcoming, nearby properties may also increase in value,” said Colleen Wiginton, the Fresno association president.
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The Fresno group used the grant to help offset some costs in the development of the Discovery Youth Garden on North Winery Avenue, south of the Fresno Yosemite International Airport. The edible garden is a project between the Junior League of Fresno and The Discovery Center to teach parents and children about healthy eating, where food comes from, sustainable gardening and functioning ecosystems.
A groundbreaking was held in September. The garden has raised planter beds and a chicken coop.
“Realtors live, work and volunteer in their communities and take immense pride in working to improve them,” Wiginton said. “Placemaking can help foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities.”