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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 million to 115 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 (Online application begins November 1st).
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%)
2011 Grant Application