2014

Mayor Betsy Hodges Expands Project Sweetie Pie with Karamu Garden, as Part of National GRO1000 Garden and Green Spaces Program City, civic leaders expand project to bring garden education and training program to North Minneapolis with the support of ScottsMiracle-Gro

MINNEAPOLIS, June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- North Minneapolis' Karamu Garden will expand to become the home of Project Sweetie Pie's gardening and training program. The expansion of Karamu Garden is a part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company's and The U.S. Conference of Mayors' nationwide GRO1000 gardens and green spaces program. Additions to Karamu Garden include raised edible garden beds and a location intended to serve as inspiration for local foods and healthy living for residents in North Minneapolis, who are historically at risk for poverty, obesity and diabetes.

GRO1000 is a national program launched by ScottsMiracle-Gro in 2011 to create more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018. The U.S. Conference of Mayors partnered with ScottsMiracle-Gro on the GRO1000 initiative to recognize mayors for the installation of innovative, public green spaces designed to improve our nation's cities.

"Project Sweetie Pie will revitalize our neighborhoods, promote healthy lifestyles and help advance equity," said Mayor Betsy Hodges. "This local and national partnership will allow us to transform areas of North Minneapolis by taking empty lots, devastated by the 2011 tornado and the housing crisis, and turning them into food corridors. Thank you to all of the partners involved to help promote healthy lifestyles and urban agriculture and bring education opportunities to our children."

The GRO1000 Minneapolis event at Karamu Garden kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on June 2 at 1600 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411.  More than 500 area children and residents will join local volunteers, including area residents and ScottsMiracle-Gro associates, city officials, and GRO1000 national and local partners, to partake in educational, gardening and wellness workshops. Four deserving youth will be presented with the ScottsMiracle-Gro Give Back To Gro Youth Gardener Award.

"We are honored to be working with the City of Minneapolis to support the innovative programming at Project Sweetie Pie," said Barry Sanders, President and Chief Operating Officer, ScottsMiracle-Gro. "The Karamu Garden expansion will help enhance the community and bring area residents greater access to garden programming and education."

GRO1000 Minneapolis was made possible through the combined efforts of local partners, including the City of Minneapolis, Homegrown Minneapolis, and Project Sweetie Pie, 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. Homegrown Minneapolis is a citywide initiative expanding the community's ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods.

The Minneapolis GRO1000 event is one of several public installation events being held in the U.S., Canada and Europe in 2014.

About ScottsMiracle-Gro
With more than $2.8 billion in worldwide sales, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care. The Company's brands are the most recognized in the industry. In the U.S., the Company's Scotts®, Miracle-Gro® and Ortho® brands are market-leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup® brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto. In the U.S., we operate Scotts LawnService®, the second largest residential lawn care service business.  In Europe, the Company's brands include Weedol®, Pathclear®, Evergreen®, Levington®, Miracle-Gro®, KB®, Fertiligene® and Substral®. For additional information, visit us at www.scotts.com.

About the U.S. Conference of Mayors:
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,210 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Find us at usmayors.org, on facebook.com/usmayors, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors.

SOURCE The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company



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