A Scholarship Program was established in 1997 for the sole purpose of being able to continually provide tuition support to students in the field of horticulture. The Society established in 2000 the HSM Scholarship Endowment at The Community Colleges of Baltimore County-Dundalk Foundation for students studying in the Horticulture Department at the Dundalk Campus
In 2004, Grants were made to two Baltimore City community gardening projects. The recipient are The Amazing Port Street Youth Initiative located a few blocks away from Johns Hopkins Hospital . This program organized ten young people ages 11-15 to participate in the project; leaning aspects of design, construction, growing plants from seed and plugs, nursery management and community service organizing. Residents inthe community will receive the plants and be engaged in greening efforts in their neighborhoods.
A NEW PATH At the Amazing Port Street Sacred Commons in east Baltimore, abandoned houses near the Amazing Grace Lutheran Church were replaced by a labyrinth, a garden, and a wide-open grassy field, paid for with a grant from the TKF Foundation, run by Tom and Kitty Stoner.
The second recipient is the Center for Poverty Solutions' Edible School Yard Pilot. The Center is a statewide nonprofit with the mission of eradicating poverty by fostering opportunities that lead to self- sufficiency for people living in poverty. It has been operating its award winning School Pantry Program for 10 years and has recently received national recognition. The Edible School Yard pilot project in partnership with the Dr. Rayner Browne Elementary School with a student body of 174 children, located in the Patterson Park neighborhood of Baltimore City . Poverty Solutions will work with the school to weave this program into the student curriculum and formalize the learning process.
The Society supports other local organizations in activities of a horticultural nature, providing funds and volunteers to assist in special events, community beautification and environmental projects.