Fiskars, the number one gardening brand in the United States, is donating $15,000 to Kula Urban Farm in Asbury Park as a 2023 recipient of Project Orange Thumb, a philanthropic program supporting gardens across the US and Canada.
“Fiskars values sustainability, innovation and community, so Kula Urban Farm was a perfect fit to receive one of this year’s four garden grants,” said Johan Hedberg, president of Fiskars Group in North America. “We also loved the fact that it’s just minutes away from our New Jersey office, so we’re able to make a difference in our employees’ own neighborhood.”
Since the program’s inception in 2002, Project Orange Thumb has granted more than $1.8 million to nearly 400 schools and community groups across North America.
In addition to the monetary donation of $15,000, Fiskars is providing gardening tools and a team of Fiskars Group employees will spend an afternoon volunteering, along with Nick Cutsumpas, better known as Farmer Nick on Instagram.
Kula Urban Farm, part of Interfaith Neighbors, is a social enterprise that provides on-site job training, educational programs, farm to table dinners and free fresh produce to neighbors in need. It also transforms vacant lots into community gardens and manages a hydroponic greenhouse. Produce is sold to the public as well as to local restaurants.