CORPUS CHRISTI (May 7, 2012) – Residents will have greater access to fresh and healthy food choices as part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and The U.S. Conference of Mayors nationwide GRO1000 gardens and green spaces program. The City of Corpus Christi, along with a host of philanthropic partners, will dedicate The EDGE Garden at Lindale Park that will focus on producing locally grown and healthy food options for area residents. Mayor Joe Adame will lead the dedication, which kicks off his strategic plan for community gardening set forth in the City’s recently compiled Integrated Community Sustainability Plan.
“I am proud of our staff, The U.S. Conference of Mayors, ScottsMiracle-Gro and the GRO1000 partners for helping to bring community gardening and healthy living options to our city,” said Corpus Christi Mayor Joe Adame. “The Lindale Garden will help transform our community and the lives of our residents."
GRO1000 will establish 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018. The program is designed to help communities and its residents experience the benefits of community gardening and green spaces and support local hunger needs.
The Corpus Christi GRO1000 event at The EDGE Garden at Lindale Park begins at 11 a.m. on May 7 at 3133 Swantner Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78404. The Ray High School Jazz Band will kick off the activities with a live performance. Area students and seniors will join community volunteers, city officials and GRO1000 national and local partners to build new raised edible gardening beds. Gardening and environmental education activities will take place for area residents and youth. One deserving student will be presented with the ScottsMiracle-Gro Give Back To Gro Youth Gardener Award.
“We are honored to be working with the City of Corpus Christi to improve the health and well-being of its residents through the GRO1000 program,” said Jim Tates, Southwest Regional President for ScottsMiracle-Gro. “Through the development of urban community gardens, residents will be able to enjoy the benefits of gardening while helping to build a healthier city.”
The EDGE Garden at Lindale Park will serve as an educational site for Corpus Christi residents to learn about growing fruits and vegetables and cooking healthy meals. Families will harvest produce for their own meals, as well as have an opportunity to share or sell their goods at Lindale Park community events. The garden will also be a valuable tool for educating residents on rainwater harvesting, composting, native plants and turf management best practices.
GRO1000 Corpus Christi was made possible through the combined efforts of local partners, including the City of Corpus Christi, along with national partners including, The U.S. Conference of Mayors, ScottsMiracle-Gro, Plant A Row for the Hungry, the National Gardening Association, the Garden Writers Association and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The Baltimore GRO1000 event is one of several public installation events being held in the U.S., Canada and Europe in 2012.
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