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SIS garden receives grant from Fiskars 2013 Project Orange Thumb®

The M.A.G.I.C.A.L. garden initiative at Stanly Industrial Services in Albemarle continues to take shape. The Fiskars Grant picturegarden is among 10 similar efforts from Canada to New York to Montana that recently received a $5,000 award from Fiskars 2013 Project Orange Thumb® to further advance the community garden project.

As a leader in the lawn and garden industry, Fiskars believes in contributing to community gardening and the healthy, sustainable living it provides. Project Fiskars awards cash, garden tools and materials given to help support SIS and the other community garden goals across North America. Monarch will also receive Project Orange Thumb t-shirts and signage to display in the new growing space.

Kerry Martin, SIS site manager who has led the effort in Albemarle, and Eileen Bress, volunteer and community coordinator who has lead the community garden efforts, believes the M.A.G.I.C.A.L. project in Albemarle, New Bern and Southern Pines will allow Monarch to help bridge the gaps between people with and without disabilities as well as those from various ages and cultures while raising awareness and acceptance.

Additionally, a garden advisory committee has been established. The group comprises Stanly County residents, people supported, families, elected officials, area residents, members from the N.C. Cooperative Extension and representatives from various organizations have assembled to provide some oversight and encourage community involvement and participation.

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