Project Orange Thumb is a community garden grant programme that provides tools and resources to help communities reach their goals for collaboration, neighborhood beautification, and healthy, sustainable food sources.
Launched by Fiskars, Project Orange Thumb has provided over $1.6 million to more than 210 community groups since the programme started in 2002.
Project Orange Thumb supports Urban, Educational, and Therapeutic Gardens. Urban community gardens help provide economically challenged communities with much-needed food and expose people to the idea of growing their own produce.
Educational gardens aim to encourage active conversations around healthy living practices, the importance of taking care of the environment, and sustainable communities.While therapeutic gardens are developed by organisations offering educational experiences and garden therapy for people, whether it be veterans coping with PTSD or members of the community dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Under the initiative, 30 groups are awarded $3,500 in gift cards and tools to support their own community garden.
The application is open to non-profit organisations in North America late in the year and grant recipients are announced in spring of the following year.
For more information, visit the Fiskars website.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea