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Detroit wins $40,000 Community Garden Grant from Miracle-Gro for new Children’s Sensory Garden in New Center


As we said in the blog asking you to vote for Detroit in Miracle-Gro’s GRO1000 People’s Choice Community Garden Grant award, “It’s amazing what Detroit can accomplish when we all work together.”  We were so right!!

Detroit was the winner of the GRO1000 People’s Choice Community Garden Grant promotion. The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative got more than 55% of all votes to earn the $40,000 grant that will help create a new children’s sensory garden designed to provide a hands-on, outdoor classroom for local youth to experience nature firsthand using their five senses.

Here’s the quote for the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative Facebook page, “DEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTROOOOOOOOOOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!!!!!!!!!!!”

featured-img“The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative embodies the GRO1000 urban revitalization mission and we look forward to seeing all the benefits this garden brings to the area,” said Su Lok, director, corporate and community partnerships at Miracle-Gro. “It takes a community to grow a garden and that’s why Miracle-Gro and GRO1000 are bringing greener spaces, revitalized food deserts and blossoming pollinator gardens to communities across the country.”

The People’s Choice campaign to bring a sensory garden to Detroit began in December 2014 when local community members Tyson Gersh and Banika Jones headed to Pasadena, California, as guests of Miracle-Gro to meet and consult with TV personality and DIY expert Ty Pennington on their garden projects.

They rode the award-winning “Life Starts Here” Miracle-Gro float in the 2015 Rose Parade®. Inspired by its GRO1000 mission to build 1,000 new community gardens and green spaces by 2018, the company’s 150th anniversary, the Miracle-Gro float featured a refurbished green space, a robust community vegetable garden with a produce stand and a natural pollinator garden all within a busy urban cityscape.

“Miracle-Gro is thrilled to be able to make MUFI’s sensory garden project a reality,” said John Sass, vice president Miracle-Gro.

Your votes have shown this kind of support for the city before. Detroit was named the best sports town in the US and our riverfront was ranked as one of the Top 10 riverfronts in the US by the USA Today Readers Choice Awards. Now we can add the People’s Choice Community Garden Grant to the list.

Way to go Detroit!

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