The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company recently announced a multi-year community outreach initiative, GRO1000, that will result in the creation of at least 1,000 community gardens and green spaces by 2018.
Scotts is partnering with Keep America Beautiful, the Garden Writers Association, Plant A Row for the Hungry, the National Gardening Association and the Franklin Park Conservatory, who are helping to bring community gardens and green spaces to cities across the United States, Canada and Europe.
“There are benefits that only a garden can provide, and we’re honored to help bring some of these benefits to neighborhoods, schools and communities,” said Jim Hagedorn, Scotts Miracle-Gro’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We’re proud to be working with great partners and so many local organizations that want to enhance the environment around them and also help provide for the less fortunate in their communities.”
Earlier this year, local community organizations applied for grants to foster community spirit and public service and to help bring edible gardens, flower gardens and public green spaces to even more communities in the United States.
GRO1000 awards grants of up to $1,500 to help these organizations. Information on applying can be found at the web site. A new round of submissions will be accepted starting in Fall 2011.
The first GRO1000 garden for 2011 was installed at the Morning Star School in Tampa, Florida. More than 200 children, community members and city officials joined ScottsMiracle-Gro and its partners to install the Morning Star Unity Garden on March 1, to benefit students with learning disabilities and related learning challenges.
Other gardens have been installed in Tampa, Los Angeles, and Houston. The next installation will take place on May 19 at Gage Park in Chicago, and installations on Long Island, N.Y., Ontario, Canada and Lyon, France will take place later in the year. One hundred grants have been awarded this year in 31 states in the U.S.
The gardens are helping to provide fresh produce for food banks and other organizations. All gardens are partnered with local resources to distribute extra food to the needy.
Plant A Row for the Hungry encourages individual and community gardeners to grow extra produce and donate it to local food pantries. If every gardener participated in the program, a substantial amount of food would be created.
“To see neighborhoods and communities come together and celebrate gardening is very powerful,” said Su Lok, ScottsMiracle-Gro’s director of corporate and community partnerships. “GRO1000 is our commitment to communities and giving back to those in need.”
Photo Source: Keep America Beautiful