The Silver Lake residents competing for a $50,000 grant to build a garden at Micheltorena School attracted 1,100 votes in an online contest. All those votes, however, still fell 66 short of what was needed qualify as a finalist. But an email sent out by The Micheltorena School/Community Garden Team said the competition revealed widespread community support for the school and the garden idea. Now, the team members have launched other efforts to finance the garden project, including a fundraiser next Thursday at Gobi restaurant, which will donate 20% of the night’s food proceeds to the garden. “What this challenge did was galvanize our effort, make our plans known to the community, and allowed you to communicate your enthusiasm for this project,” said group said in an email to supporters
The Micheltorena School / Community Garden Team will also be setting up a website an d plans to staff a table at this Saturday’s Silver Lake Farmer’s Market to answer questions about the project.