The 2014 Project Orange Thumb recipients have been announced!

Find out who The Project Orange Thumb garden makeover and grant recipients are!

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2014 Grant Recipients and Garden Makeover Winners List

2014 Grant Recipients and Garden Makeover Winners List

Meet the 2014 Grant Recipients and Makeover Gardens!

Grant Gardens

Onions for Autism-Veggies for Vets
Columbia Falls, Montana
Farming for the Future Academy

Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Garden
Lafayette, Louisiana
The Black Chamber of Commerce

Little Sprouts
Wilmington, North Carolina
Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington, NC Inc.

Pine Manor Improvement Association
Fort Meyers, Florida
The Pine Manor Improvement Association

Growing North Lawndale Together
Chicago, Illinois
Better Boys Foundation

East Passyunk Crossing Community Gardens
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association

Riverfront Community Garden
Vancouver, British Columbia
South Vancouver Family Place Society

Island School Community Garden
Lithue, Hawaii
Island School

Historic Miss Tillie’s Corner Community Garden
St. Louis, Missouri
Gateway Greening

Bean Sprout Garden
Palisade, Minnesota
The Palisade Bean Sprout Garden

Makeover Gardens
 

Meadowgreen Community Garden
Saskatoon, Canada
Children Hunger Education Program (CHEP)

Eagles Landing
Mobile, Alabama
Volunteers of America of South Alabama, Inc. (VOASA)

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The Community Garden Movement

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%)

Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

Next up in our 'Where Are They Now?' series of past Project Orange Thumb gardens that have received makeovers is The Growing Together School and Community Garden Today in Madison, Wisconsin and Ama Vera’s Garden (formerly Linden Neighborhood Garden) of Columbus, Ohio. Check out the updates from these community gardens to see how Project Orange Thumb is bringing communities and neighborhoods together with gardening.

2012 Recipients

Garden Makeovers

Fiskars expanded Project Orange Thumb in 2008 to include hands-on garden makeovers. Working closely with neighbors, business leaders, volunteers and community partners, we roll up our sleeves and transform barren lots into beautiful, productive community gathering spaces — all in a single day. Historically, the locations of our garden makeovers have been selected separately from the grant process. This year, we're giving you the chance to apply for a garden makeover in your area!

Albert Park Centennial Garden, Calgary, AB

East Side Neighborhood Garden, San Antonio, TX

Oliver Neighborhood, Baltimore, MD

Growing Together School and Community Garden, Madison, WI

North Brentwood Community, Portland, OR

Altgeld Gardens, Chicago, IL

Linden Neighborhood, Columbus, OH

Goettingen Neighborhood, San Francisco, CA

Grandview-Woodland Neighborhood, Vancouver, BC

The Willows,
Orlando, FL

Scarborough Village, Toronto, ON

Edgewood Community, Atlanta, GA

Lees Avenue Community Garden, Ottawa, ON

Rockaway Hip Hop Community Garden, Far Rockaway, NY