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Fiskars helps Monarch garden continue to grow

SIS Garden photos -web sizeParticipants from Monarch’s Stanly Industrial Services (SIS) day program in Albemarle are thrilled with the new sign and tools they have received from the generous Fiskars Project Orange Thumb®. The M.A.G.I.C.A.L. (Monarch Ability Garden Integrating Community and Land) project in Stanly County is among 10 similar efforts from Canada to New York to Montana that received $5,000 awards from Fiskars 2013 Project Orange Thumb® to further advance those community garden projects.

The Fiskars funding has enabled SIS day program participants and staff to work with students from the Landscape Certificate Program at Stanly Community College, in partnership with the local Cooperative Extension Agency, to help further develop the garden. The volunteers have served 312 hours to assist in redirecting storm water runoff, planting to aid erosion control of the area and tilling the plot where the lasagna garden bed is located.

As a leader in the lawn and garden industry, Fiskars believes in contributing to community gardening and theSIS Garden pix - web size3 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 also received Project Orange Thumb T-shirts and signs that are being displayed in the new growing space. The M.A.G.I.C.A.L. initiative in Albemarle is one of three Monarch community gardens.


Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges from more than 50 North Carolina counties. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and is CABHA certified. Monarch, which operates The Arc of Stanly County, is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525 or visit

To learn more about Monarch’s community garden initiatives, contact Eileen Bress, volunteer and community coordinator, at (252) 634-1715 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 986-1582 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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