Plant A Row Partners
Teaming with others expands our resources and helps PAR help more people. Meet our PAR partner organizations and support them when and where you can.
Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest)
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, The Feeding America members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks operate 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit www.feedingamerica.org.
Franklin Park Conservatory
Franklin Park Conservatory offers unique botanical collections, art exhibitions, plant shows, educational and community outreach programs. The Conservatory features an historic Victorian Palm House built in 1895 and 83,000 square feet of glasshouses and classrooms situated in an 88-acre urban park minutes from downtown Columbus. Franklin Park Conservatory’s Growing to Green program is Columbus’ largest organized effort to promote and provide free resources for community gardening. Growing to Green has assisted in the start-up or renovation of more than 140 community gardens, schools gardens, and neighborhood beautification projects throughout the central Ohio area. The Growing to Green program includes a four-week Community Garden Academy, a statewide Community Gardening Conference, horticultural resources and onsite consultation, demonstration gardens, and information on acquiring land and financial resources to start a garden. A four-acre community gardening campus located within Franklin Park is set to open fall 2009. www.fpconservatory.org
Garden Writers Association
The Garden Writers Association is a highly-respected organization of professionals communicating about horticulture, gardening and the environment. Its mission is to provide leadership and opportunities for education, recognition, career development, and a forum for diverse interactions for professionals in the field of garden communication. www.gardenwriters.org
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.
Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener program was established to assist Cooperative Extension in reaching the consumer horticulture audience. Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained by county extension agricultural agents. The program provides interested individuals with extensive training in many phases of gardening. In return, participants dedicate volunteer time to teach other home gardeners.
National Gardening Association
National Gardening Association’s mission is to promote home, school, and community gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connections between people, plants, and the environment. Through our websites (garden.org, kidsgardening.org), NGA reaches millions of gardeners helping educate new gardeners and inspire established gardeners. For more than 30 years, our non-profit has been a leading national provider of K-12, plant-based educational materials. With teachers and community leaders serving as guides, our school and youth gardening programs help children gain knowledge in science, literacy, social studies, nutrition, the environment, and personal skills areas such as leadership, problem-solving, and team building.
Plant a Row • Grow a Row
Plant a Row • Grow a Row builds on the long-standing tradition of gardeners loving to share their harvest with others. It is a people-helping-people program to assist in feeding the hungry in their own communities. The Grow-A-Row program started in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1986, initiated by Ron and Eunice O’Donovan. This program has been taken up by other Canadian communities such as Edmonton, Alberta, London, Ontario as well as regions in Quebec such as the Laurentians and the Rigaud, Hudson, St. Lazare and Dorion area. Edmonton’s program is spearheaded by the Edmonton Horticultural Society with the support of local businesses. London’s program is under the leadership of London Composts!, a local partnership of businesses, government and non-profit organizations dedicated to raising awareness of the value of composting and compost. In Quebec, the campaign is called Un rang pour ceux qui ont faim and was initiated by La Presse, the television program Fleurs et Jardins, and the Quebec Food Bank Federation. Plant a Row • Grow a Row combines the strength of all of the above initiatives. Through the experience of these communities and their sharing of existing information and communication resources, it is hoped that other places across Canada will establish a Plant a Row • Grow a Row campaign in their own community. — www.growarow.org 877.571.GROW(4769).
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
With nearly $3 billion in worldwide sales and more than 6,000 associates, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Scotts Company LLC, is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care, with products for professional horticulture as well. The Company’s brands are the most recognized in the industry. In the U.S., the Company's Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, Ortho® and Smith & Hawken® 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. the Company operates 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.