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Fiskars announces 2012 Project Orange Thumb

garden grant and makeover recipients
by Fiskars
January 15, 2012

Fiskars is pleased to announce its 2012 Project Orange Thumb garden grant and makeover recipients -- community organizations across the U.S. and Canada who receive tools, materials and resources they need to create beautiful and productive community garden spaces. The following organizations have been chosen from among hundreds for the immediate impact Project Orange Thumb can make in their communities.

Fiskars' 2012 garden makeover recipient is Green Space Alliance (GSA) in San Antonio, Texas. Their proposed "East Side Community Garden" was envisioned by a group of local women to sustain the natural environment and enhance the surrounding urban space while supporting greater community engagement. The new 7,500 square-foot garden will provide educational opportunities to be hosted by local master gardeners and give community members the opportunity to reap the rewards of growing their own fresh food. Plans are underway for a one-day Project Orange Thumb garden makeover in August 2012.

In addition to the garden makeover recipient, the following 10 organizations were selected to receive garden grants consisting of $5,000 in cash and tools to help support their community garden goals.

2012 Project Orange Thumb Grant Recipients:

• The Explorers Urban Garden Project, Prince George, BC

• Cook Community Garden, Collingwood, ON

• Common Ground Community Garden, Kinston, NC

• Harmony Community Garden, North St. Paul, WI

• Rincon Mountain Garden, Tucson, AZ

• Pine Tree Lane, Hermiston, OR

• Scotlandville Gardens Park, Baton Rouge, LA

• Light of Christ Community Garden, Federal Way, WA

• Tibbs Garden, Indianapolis, IN

• Carbondale Community College, Carbondale, CO

An additional 2012 Project Orange Thumb garden makeover will take place in Ottawa, ON Canada in June. Since 2002, Project Orange Thumb has contributed over $1.3 million to more than 125 community groups and completed 12 garden makeovers in the U.S. and Canada. These include garden projects geared toward community involvement, neighborhood beautification, sustainable agriculture and horticulture education.

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