Sowing the Seeds of Community Change
As a leader in the lawn and garden industry, Fiskars believes in contributing to the growing community garden effort and all it represents — creative expression, beautiful outdoor spaces, civic and community collaboration, healthy hand-grown food and sustainable living. To support this effort, we’ve created Project Orange Thumb.
Since its inception, Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb provided over $1.3 million to 125 community groups and helped to complete nine garden makeovers in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more about our grants and garden makeovers or apply for your own grant or makeover.
ANNOUNCEMENT: The 2013 online grant application is now available.
Where Are They Now?
As more and more communities experience the change that Project Orange Thumb brings, we’ll begin to check back in on these gardens and the folks that made the commitment to community change in their neighborhoods. The first gardens we revisited are the Albert Park Centennial Garden in Calgary, Canada and the Grandview-Woodland Garden in Vancouver, Canada.
The Community Garden Movement
Did you know about the community garden movement? People all over the country are turning to community gardens to help save money, eat healthier and build a sense of togetherness through gardening. Check out the below facts to see how the community garden movement is gaining momentum.
- According to the National Community Garden Association, there are currently more than 20,000 community gardens in the U.S., up from only 6,020 in 1996
- In 2009, more than 41 million U.S. households grew a vegetable garden, more than 19.5 million households grew an herb garden, and 16.5 million households grew fruit
Primary reasons given by households for growing their own food include better-tasting food (58%), savings on food bills (54%), better-quality food (51%) and peace of mind about the safety of their food (48%)