By Nick Prusakiewicz, plant manager, ScottsMiracle-Gro
It all started with an idea. High-school principal Brian Eddy and environmental science teacher Jeff Gartell wanted to provide Imlay City Schools students in Michigan with authentic, hands-on experiences with biology. He wanted a place where they could nurture a love for the outdoors in students and teach them about plants. A place for students to get their hands dirty and “live” the science.
So the idea of a school garden was born. And that’s when our team stepped in to help.
Next Generation Compost project spreads to more facilities
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ScottsMiracle-Gro is relentless in our effort to find a product solution that is a win for the environment, consumers and business. Green waste recycling is an example of one solution, offering the opportunity to divert waste from landfills by incorporating it into beneficial new soil products. Our company is one of the largest green waste recyclers in the world, incorporating 5 billion pounds annually of woody and green biomass into our products.
ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation environmental partners in Texas and Florida recently reported on their accomplishments in the past year. In addition to the normal challenges of engaging youth in coastal restoration, both program sites had to cope and adapt after experiencing severe hurricanes.
This short video captures the excitement of The George Barley Water Prize Stage 3 awards ceremony, held in downtown Toronto a few weeks ago. Sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, this four-stage competition offers an incentive for scientists and technologists to deliver a breakthrough for solving phosphorus-fed algal blooms that affect all 50 U.S. states and many waterways worldwide.
Donation of fans, dehumidifiers and heaters will help residents begin rebuilding
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Two weeks after Hurricane Florence made landfall, residents of coastal communities in the Carolinas were just beginning their recovery efforts. Severe flooding still had many residents under water and left with little hope.
New multi-year grant program seeks to connect one million Head Start children to garden education, fresh food each year
Marysville, Ohio, October 9, 2018 /3BL Media/ –– The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation today announced its multi-year partnership with the National Head Start Association to combat some of the most pressing challenges facing today’s youngest generation, improving access to healthy food and increasing time spent outdoors connected to nature. The three-year partnership will work to bring the powerful, life-enhancing benefits of gardens to one million at-risk Head Start children and families across the country each year through the development of edible gardens and hands-on garden education.
ScottsMiracle-Gro is deeply invested in the future of Long Island and its water resources. The Long Island Water Education Program, run by the North Shore Land Alliance and funded by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, connects area students with the water resources under their feet. Through in-class STEM education and hands-on field learning, middle-years students learn about Long Island’s sole source aquifer and how their actions can affect water resources. They build mini-models of the aquifer and begin to understand the link between conserving land and protecting water.
Since 2011, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation has supported 1,000 community gardens in every state across the country. From edible gardens solving for food insecurity to green schoolyards providing natural places for children to learn and grow, GRO1000 is bringing the powerful benefits of gardens to the communities that need them the most.