Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Pictured is a strawberry planter built in the Ottawa, Canada Fiskars community garden. Each year, 30 communities are selected by Fiskars to receive the Project Orange Thumb grant.

Cultivating wellness

LBH College to receive $3,500 grant for Community Garden
Fiskars – a supplier of home and garden products – has announced this year’s recipients of their Project Orange Thumb grant. 
Crow Agency’s Little Big Horn College is one of 30 non-profit organizations selected to receive $3,500 in cash and tools to establish a community garden.
“Of the over 400 applications submitted, their dedication to the health of their land and community members really stood out,” said Garth Beyer on behalf of Fiskars.
Project Orange Thumb, according to the Fiskars project website, is a grant program that provides tools and resources to help communities achieve goals of “collaboration, neighborhood beautification, and healthy, sustainable food sources.”
“Access to healthy and natural food remains a challenge for many Native American children, families and communities,” the website continues, “Crow Agency is on a mission to grow healing gardens.”
As stated in the college’s grant application, “The community healing gardens are allowing us to begin the process of healing for families and reconnecting them to the land as true stewards.   
“With the support of outside resources such as Project Orange Thumb, we will be able to expand our services to our community needs. Once the pieces have come together, the Crow community members will begin to heal and take ownership as a true steward of their own land.”
“With the help of the Fiskars Project Orange Thumb grant,” the Fiksars website states, “the Little Big Horn College Extension will develop a healing garden to promote holistic health and wellness for families and communities.” 
The goal for the garden is to provide healthy food, while simultaneously connecting the community in hopes of promoting citizens to be “active stewards of the land.”
In the past 14 years, Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb has provided over $1.6 million to more than 180 community groups.
The grant recipients were selected by a board of garden writers and bloggers in collaboration with Fiskars: Chris Lambton of Life, Love, and Landscaping, Russell Van Kraayenburg of Chasing Delicious, Robin Horton of Urban Gardens, Bren Haas of Creative Living and Growing with Bren, Gayla Trail of You Grow Girl, Helen Yoest of Gardening with Confidence, and freelance journalist and Fiskars garden writer Marty Ross.
“Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb highlights the importance of community collaboration to help make a positive impact on the lives of many people,” said Fiskars Americas President Paul Tonnesen. “We’re excited to celebrate this group of driven organizations that look to better their neighborhoods and create healthier communities for future generations.” 
For more information on the program and the grant recipients, visit