It’s that time of year again when groups can apply to the Fiskars Project Orange Thumb. Community and civic organizations in the United States and Canada can apply to the Fiskars grant program now, until December 31. An opportunity to receive $5,000 in cash and garden tools to help complete a project is as easy as filling in the registration form. An added bonus is that a lucky recipient will experience a complete garden makeover from the Project Orange Thumb team to turn unused space into a beautiful community garden. And, they do this in just one day.
The grant recipients will be announced March 31, 2014.
I was fortunate to be part of a group that won a grant from Fiskars several years ago through Project Orange Thumb. My Master Gardener meetings are held at a church and we applied to organize, and build a community vegetable garden at the back of the property. It was exciting to be notified as recipients of a grant which was used to purchase building materials, soil, plants and pretty much anything we needed.
As you can see in the photo, our MG and a few church members received Orange Thumb tee shirts to wear for the gardening and photo supplied to the local newspaper. That's me holding the balloons.
Fiskars are also well known for their craft products too and have a fabulous website at http://www2.fiskars.com for craft and gardening articles, videos and other information.
This year at Canada Blooms where we hold our annual garden writer's regional meeting, each of us received a Fiskars BigGrip trowel engraved with ‘Friend of Fiskars’. I'd like to say I've kept my trowel all new and shiny, but these tools are made for work.
Fiskars is a company that supports gardeners, garden writers and communities so I hope if you are a member of a group or know one (schools, churches) that could benefit from a grant from Project Orange Thumb, that you'll share this information.
I'm linking with Fertilizer Friday.