Fiskars teams up with Partners for Care, Capital Health and Canadian
Tire for a one-day garden makeover
MADISON, WI, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - On June 19, nearly 75 volunteers are
expected to complete a garden makeover outside the QEII Halifax
Infirmary - in a single day.
Fiskars, a leading global supplier of consumer products for the home,
garden and outdoors, has joined with Partners for Care, Capital Health
and Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited to build a community garden full
of fruits and vegetables during a one-day garden installation through
Fiskars' community garden initiative, Project Orange Thumb.
"We're kicking off our 2013 Project Orange Thumb garden makeover season
at Common Roots Urban Farm in Halifax and we couldn't be more excited,"
said Fiskars President Paul Tonnesen. "This will be Fiskars' 15th Project Orange Thumb garden makeover in North America. Each garden we
build features elements specifically designed to benefit the local
community and this year in Halifax we're looking forward to supporting
healthy growing initiatives for local community members, as well as the
patients and staff of Capital Health."
The event will take place at the corner of Bell Road and Robie Street,
outside of the QEII Halifax Infirmary Emergency Entrance beginning with
a first dig at 8:00 a.m. and culminating with a ribbon-cutting ceremony
at 4:00 p.m. Nearly 75 volunteers from Fiskars, Partners for Care,
Canadian Tire and the Halifax community are expected to participate in
the one-day installation.
"Common Roots Urban Farm started off as a small garden with the
potential for big growth," said Jayme Melrose, Project Coordinator,
Partners for Care. "As a Project Orange Thumb makeover recipient, our
project has been given new energy and we're expanding more rapidly than
we ever imagined. Restorative landscapes are essential for healthy
living and we're looking forward to giving our community members more
opportunities to enjoy this beautiful and productive space."
The entrance will be framed with edible landscapes leading into a 4,180
square foot garden containing 13 raised beds and six pedestal beds to
make plots accessible for gardeners with varying needs. Four of the
wheelchair accessible pedestal beds have canopy covers and will serve
as a therapeutic space for Capital Health patients and staff. All of
the food grown in these plots will be donated to local food banks.
"Canadian Tire is proud to partner with Fiskars and its community
partners to create a sustainable garden and community space for the
city of Halifax," said David Mock, Senior Vice President,
Merchandising, Canadian Tire Corporation. "Canadian Tire is committed
to its communities and to education through gardening. We look forward
to building a garden that will continue to thrive and be enjoyed by the
community for many years to come."
The day-long installation is facilitated by Fiskars including event
logistics, site preparation and a donation of a range of Fiskars garden
tools. Canadian Tire is donating the live goods, hardware and
additional tools for the garden. Capital Health is providing the land
for the garden and Partners for Care is supporting the event through
community awareness and volunteer outreach. The garden was designed by
local Halifax landscaper Rosemarie Lohnes.
Following the completion of the Project Orange Thumb garden makeover,
Common Roots Urban Farm will have expanded to nearly an acre of
developed community gardening space. The land will be maintained by
Partners for Care volunteers and community members are welcome to help
daily from 3-6 p.m.
An additional 2013 Project Orange Thumb garden makeover will take place
in Washington DC on July 31.
For more information about the program, visit ProjectOrangeThumb.com.
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ABOUT PROJECT ORANGE THUMB
Established in 2002, Fiskars' Project Orange Thumb® is a community gardening initiative that provides groups across the
U.S. and Canada with tools, materials and resources they need to create
beautiful and productive community garden spaces. Project Orange Thumb
has provided over $1.3 million to more than 140 community groups. For
more information, visit ProjectOrangeThumb.com.
Fiskars Corporation is a leading global supplier of consumer products
for the home, garden and outdoors. The world famous orange-handled
scissors are a registered trademark of Fiskars Corporation. The group
has a strong portfolio of trusted international brands including:
Fiskars, the World's #1 Scissors Brand, Iittala and Gerber. Founded in
1649, Fiskars has over 360 years of product quality excellence and is
Finland's oldest company. Please visit www.fiskars.com and www.facebook.com/fiskars.
ABOUT PARTNERS FOR CARE
Partners for Care is a lean and innovative organization created to
support the patients of Capital Health. Originally formed as a
volunteer auxiliary, Partners for Care is now operated by a small,
knowledgeable and skilled staff and draws upon the expertise of local
business people and entrepreneurial volunteer board members. Together
this dedicated group focuses on a broad variety of activities which
fall into two main categories: activities which further the strategic
goal of Capital Health to enhance community health such as Common Roots
Urban Farm, Partners for Healthier Weight, and a local Farmers Market,
and revenue generation through management of parking services, special
projects on behalf of Capital Health, and unique Retail services.
Partners for Care is the operating name of the QEII Health Sciences
Centre Auxiliary, a registered Canadian charity.
ABOUT CANADIAN TIRE
Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (TSX:CTC.a) (TSX:CTC) is a Family of
Companies that includes Canadian Tire Retail, Partsource, Gas+, FGL
Sports (Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, National Sports,
Intersport and Atmosphere), Mark's and Canadian Tire Financial
Services. With more than 1,700 retail and gasoline outlets from
coast-to-coast, our primary retail business categories - Automotive,
Living, Fixing, Playing and Apparel - are supported and strengthened by
our Financial Services division. Over 85,000 people are employed across
the Canadian Tire enterprise, which was founded in 1922 and remains one
of Canada's most recognized and trusted brands. For more information,
Image with caption: "Fiskars partnered with Canadian Tire and other Halifax community groups to build the new Common Roots Urban Farm on June 19. Left to right: Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, Medical Officer of Health, Capital Health; Nova Scotia Premier, Darrell Dexter; David Mock, Senior Vice-President, Merchandising, Canadian Tire; Superintendent Sean Auld, Halifax Regional Police; Paul Tonnesen, President, Fiskars; Jayme Melrose, Project Coordinator, Partners for Care and Councillor Jennifer Watts. (CNW Group/Fiskars)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130619_C9817_PHOTO_EN_28295.jpg
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