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Pitching in with Fiskars Project Orange Thumb in Portland

April 26, 2010

Earlier this Spring, Joe Lamp’l, host of Growing a Greener World TV,  invited me to pitch in and help on a community garden project he is heading up in Portland, Oregon. In addition to picking my brain for ideas while developing the garden, he also invited me to join him in Portland later this week as the garden itself is installed. How could I resist? So, tomorrow, I’m grabbing a good friend and truckin’ down to Portland where we’ll be helping the community build this new garden space, which is a part of the Fiskars Project Orange Thumb Grant Program.

"Happiness" = A Child Who Just Learned to Plant Her Own Sunflowers

"Happiness" = A Child Who Just Learned to Plant Her Own Sunflowers

Project Orange Thumb is a generous grant program that began in 2003 to assist communities meet their needs in building gardens and garden education programs. Each year, Fiskars receives over a thousand applications for these grants from around the world. From those thousands of applications, 25 programs are selected to receive Fiskars tools, shirts and other gardening materials like mulch and seed, which enable them to put together their gardens. Together with learned volunteers like Joe, my powerhouse gardening pal Kristin, me, and anyone else willing to lend a hand, communities are empowered through these grant programs to grow and flourish in spaces that speak to togetherness and good food!

Be sure to tune into Growing a Greener World TV over the months ahead to catch Joe and me chatting about honeybees in my own garden in their honeybee segment in June. And, keep your eyes on the schedule to catch a glimpse of the Portland community garden we’re working on as well as  many other community gardens growing together in their forthcoming segment on community gardens around the country.

And, stay tuned to gardenhelp.org. I hope to share photos and tales of our Portland visit — from the community garden project to the stunning Portland Chinese garden we plan to visit to specialty nursery Cistus where I’m likely to break the bank to the fun, quirky The Kennedy School where we’ll be staying.

If you have questions about Project Orange Thumb or are interested in submitting a grant application for your own community garden needs, read more here. (Note: the 2010 submission period is now closed.)


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