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Fiskars Project Orange Thumb joins with local partners

to build new community garden in Saskatoon’s Meadowgreen neighbourhood
by Caroline Green
June 15, 2014

As part of its Project Orange Thumb community gardening initiative, Fiskars along with CHEP Good Food Inc., the City of Saskatoon, Saskatoon Open Door Society, and Canadian Tire will transform a 6,000 sq. ft. undeveloped space into a beautiful and productive community garden – in a single day. On June 18, more than 100 volunteers will come together to build the new Meadowgreen Community Garden to benefit a diverse group of community members in Saskatoon’s Meadowgreen neighbourhood excited for the opportunity to grow their own food.

Plans for the new garden include six raised beds and 27 in-ground beds, containing fruits, vegetables and flowers, as well as a variety of trees and shrubs. A composter will be located on site to help produce healthy soil, along with an easily accessible shed for material and tool storage. In addition to the spacious garden, the site contains a meeting area with picnic table near the entrance of the garden for people to gather, share plants or rest while gardening. “The community garden movement continues to gain momentum, and as a leader in the lawn and garden industry, we want to bring our tools and knowledge to local communities learning to grow their own food,” said Fiskars President Paul Tonnesen. “We’re excited to kick off this season’s first event in Saskatoon. As Fiskars celebrates its 365th anniversary year, Project Orange Thumb helps extend that longevity to the Meadowgreen neighbourhood by providing community members the opportunity to come together to grow fresh, affordable food.”

“We deeply appreciate Fiskars’ support on this important project,” says Executive Director of CHEP Good Food Inc. Patricia Cameron. “Meadowgreen is a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood and this community garden will support food security, improved nutrition, learning, physical activity, and community connections. Our city has embraced community gardening more and more as these benefits are realized.”

The event will take place at Kate Waygood Park on Avenue W South on Wednesday, June 18, beginning with a first dig at 8:00 a.m. The day’s gardening activities will include building raised beds, planting and mulching, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:00 p.m. to celebrate the new space. His Worship Donald J. Atchison is expected to speak at the ceremony.

“Canadian Tire is excited to partner with Fiskars and its community partners to support Project Orange Thumb,” said Michael Magennis, Vice President, Seasonal & Gardening, Canadian Tire Corporation. “This is the sixth year Canadian Tire has partnered with Fiskars to give a local Canadian community a garden makeover. We’re looking forward to building the Meadowgreen Community Garden here in Saskatoon, a garden that will continue to thrive and provide the community with fresh, healthy food.”

The day-long installation is facilitated by Fiskars including event logistics, site preparation and a donation of a range of Fiskars garden tools. Canadian Tire is donating the live goods, hardware and additional tools for the garden.

CHEP Good Food Inc. is handling the logistical elements of garden planning, as well supporting the event through community awareness and volunteer outreach. The City of Saskatoon is providing the land for the new garden to be maintained by local community members with the help of Saskatoon Open Door Society’s programming and planning assistance. Mark Bobyn of Design Build MB, Inc. and Anna Ringstrom of Metaamo Architecture, both local residents of Saskatoon, designed the new garden.

Fiskars established Project Orange Thumb in 2002 to help contribute to the community garden effort and the healthy, sustainable living it provides. The June 18 event marks Fiskars’ 17th Project Orange Thumb garden makeover in North America. An additional 2014 Project Orange Thumb garden makeover will take place in Mobile, Alabama on July 16.

Previous Canadian Project Orange Thumb garden makeovers took place in Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Halifax. For more information about the program, visit ProjectOrangeThumb.com.

About Fiskars

Fiskars Corporation is a leading global supplier of consumer products for the home, garden and outdoors. The world famous orange-handled scissors are a registered trademark of Fiskars Corporation. The group has a strong portfolio of trusted international brands including: Fiskars, the World’s #1 Scissors Brand, Iittala and Gerber. Founded in 1649, Fiskars has 365 years of product quality excellence and is Finland’s oldest company. Fiskars Project Orange Thumb® community gardening initiative was established in 2002 to provide groups across the U.S. and Canada with tools, materials and resources they need to create beautiful and productive community garden spaces. Project Orange Thumb has provided over $1.4 million to more than 140 community groups. www.fiskars.com, www.projectorangethumb.com, and www.facebook.com/fiskars.

About CHEP Good Food Inc.

CHEP Good Food Inc. works with children, families and communities to improve access to good food and promote food security. CHEP believes that food is a basic right and that a community development approach that brings people together around good food is necessary to fulfill its mission. Food security means everyone has assured access to adequate, appropriate and personally acceptable food in a way that promotes health, respect and dignity; where people are able to earn a living wage by growing, producing a, processing, handling, retailing and serving food; where the quality of land, air, and water is maintained and enhanced for future generations; and in which food is celebrated as central to community and cultural integrity. www.chep.org

About Saskatoon Open Door Society

The Saskatoon Open Door Society was established in 1980 as a centre to welcome and assist refugees and immigrants moving to Saskatoon. The Saskatoon Open Door Society exists to welcome and assist refugees and immigrants to become informed and effective participants in Canadian society, and to involve the Saskatoon community in their hospitable reception and just acceptance. The Society has proudly served newcomers from over 115 countries. www.sods.sk.ca

About Canadian Tire

Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (TSX:CTC.a) (TSX:CTC) is a Family of Companies that includes Canadian Tire Retail, Partsource, Gas+, FGL Sports (Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, National Sports, Intersport and Atmosphere), Mark's and Canadian Tire Financial Services. With more than 1,700 retail and gasoline outlets from coast-to-coast, our primary retail business categories - Automotive, Living, Fixing, Playing and Apparel - are supported and strengthened by our Financial Services division. Over 85,000 people are employed across the Canadian Tire enterprise, which was founded in 1922 and remains one of Canada's most recognized and trusted brands. www.Corp.CanadianTire.ca

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