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Scotts Canada Announces 2017 GRO1000 Grant Recipients

 

Mississauga, ON (April 27, 2017) ScottsMiracle-Gro launched GRO1000 to create 1,000 gardens and green spaces across Canada, the United States and Europe by 2018. The last installation will be completed in 2018, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the founding of ScottsMiracle-Gro.

Each year, GRO1000 Showcase and Grassroots Grants are awarded to deserving projects across Canada. This year Scotts Canada is pleased to announce the awarding of the 2017 Showcase Garden Grant to:

  • Renfrew Community Garden, Calgary, AB

The Grassroots Grants awarded in Canada for 2017 include:

  • Food Secure Kids, Northern Environmental Action Team, Fort St. John, BC
  • Youth Garden Program, Medicine Hat Youth Action Society, Medicine Hat, AB
  • Outdoor Classroom, Walter and Gladys Hill Public School, Fort McMurray, AB
  • Carembeck Community Garden, Lanark County Food Bank, Carleton Place, ON
  • Quinte West Gardens – Growing Community, Brighton, ON
  • Edible Forest, Comité embellissement Ville de Saint-Raymond, QC
  • Day Camp Community Garden, Centre Loisir Multi-Plus, Trois- Rivières, QC
  • Cultivating Experience in the Workplace, Falls Brook Centre, Fredericton, NB
  • Learn-to-Grow, Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation, Lunenburg, NS

Since 2011, more than 830 grants have been awarded throughout the world.  Scotts Canada Ltd. – a subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company – has partnered with Communities in Bloom, Plant a Row • Grow a Row, and Nutrients for Life with the aim of bringing together national and local groups to collectively advocate for and demonstrate the benefits of gardening and green space development and to unite people around a common project.

Through the development of community gardens, the GRO1000 initiative encourages and provides a mechanism to directly address the challenge of hunger and access to fresh produce in participating communities by donating a portion of each community garden harvest to a local food-distribution organization. By encouraging harvest donation, GRO1000 edible gardens, serve as a visible reminder to give back to those less fortunate. From edible gardens to pollinator habitats, urban farms to sensory gardens, GRO1000 supports all types of community-driven greenspace projects and places priority on programs that heavily involve youth. The benefits that gardens provide to a community and its residents are significant, and even more so for children. Research shows that spending time in a garden helps improve a child’s cognitive ability, develops healthy nutrition habits, and increases positive self-understanding, responsibility and maturity.

Communities that join ScottsMiracle-Gro and its partners in the development of gardens and green spaces will also reap the environmental, social and physical benefits commonly associated with environmental enhancements, such as, offsetting pollution, increased physical activity and lower stress. Studies have also shown vandalism decreases noticeably in communities, neighborhoods and housing projects where landscaping projects are promoted.

The GRO1000 initiative is an integral program within the ScottsMiracle-Gro “Give Back To Gro” philanthropy platform. The Company is dedicated not only to the development of gardens and green spaces but also overall environmental stewardship.

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For information, please contact

Karen Stephenson
Director, Regulatory Affairs and Stakeholder Relations
Scotts Canada Ltd.
Tel: 905-814-2828
E-mail: karen.stephenson@scotts.com

Vivian Shum
Marketing & Communications
Communities in Bloom
Tel: 514-694-8871 ext. 2
E-mail: communication@cib-cef.com

 

About Scotts

SCOTTS CANADA is a subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) based in Marysville, Ohio, the world’s leading marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care. Scotts line up features Canada’s favourite brands, including: Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, Scotts Turf Builder®, Scotts EcoSense®, Ortho®, as well as Roundup®, marketed in North America and most of Europe by Scotts. With a global investment in R&D and innovation in addition to industry leading stewardship initiatives and consumer education, Scotts is committed to developing and enhancing the lawn and garden care practices in Canada.

Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, SCOTTS CANADA provides lawn and garden enthusiasts choices that invite people to … Grow the World You Want ™.

About Communities in Bloom

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada. For more information about Communities in Bloom, visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca.

About Plant a Row • Grow a Row

Plant a Row • Grow a Row builds on the long-standing tradition of gardeners loving to share their harvest with others. It is a people-helping-people program to assist in feeding the hungry in their own communities. A handful of seeds, a bit of space – whether in a front or backyard, in a container on a balcony, a plot in a community garden or space where once was a lawn — and the involvement of children, families, neighbours and friends are the ingredients to harvests of possibilities including home-grown food for the family and those in need, an appreciation of Mother Nature and learning that will last a lifetime. Nothing compares with a season of gardening experiences. So dig in to the joys of veggie gardening – both for yourself and, through the sharing of some of the harvests with your local food bank, for those in need. For more information about, Plant a Row · Grow a Row visit, www.growarow.org.

About Nutrients for Life

Nutrients for Life Foundation Canada is a registered Canadian charitable organization made up of educators, community groups, scientists and representatives from the agricultural sector, including farmers, agri-retailers and members of the fertilizer industry. Together we produce and distribute educational materials on soil science and agricultural sustainability. Our goal is to help Canadians better understand how nutrients increase the health and quality of our soil, improve production of nutritious foods and preserve green spaces. For more information about Nutrients for Life, visit www.nutrientsforlife.ca.


 

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Fellow Bloomers:

On behalf of the CiB National Committee, let me congratulate all the Provincial participants and National and International finalists for their achievements in the 2016 Edition of Communities in Bloom.  Your hard work, dedication and total community involvement is well documented and celebrated in beautiful, environmentally aware green municipalities across Canada.

Please join us next year in 2017 for a special Canada 150 Edition of Communities in Bloom.  This will be a great opportunity to highlight and celebrate all the achievements of your communities with a focus on celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary.  Also plan to attend a special Canada 150 Symposium and Awards that will be held in Ottawa-Gatineau, our National Capital Region, from September 13th to 16th, 2017.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank all those involved in the continued success of the Communities in Bloom program.  The commitment of local, provincial and national volunteers, the support of elected officials and staff of municipalities, the dedication of our volunteer judges, staff and organizations along with the contribution of our sponsors and partners all play a role in this success.

 

Regards,
Bob Lewis
National Chair / Président national


Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities.


 

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