Keep Virginia Beautiful, Glen Allen, VA

Keep Virginia Beautiful’s “30 Grants in 30 Days” was a great success in 2013! Our nearly 3,000 volunteers worked tirelessly to make the 30 projects a great success, cleaning up 14,057 pounds of debris; planting 705 plants and 109 trees; and installing 25 gardens. Keep Virginia Beautiful would like to thank Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful for their sponsorship of our “30 in 30″ program in 2013!

Keep Orlando Beautiful, FL – USCC

Orlando Students Help Grow Tomatoes for Community Gardens and Food Banks

Keep Orlando Beautiful (KOB) recently worked with other local nonprofits, students and compost producers to kick off a new gardening project in downtown Orlando, as part of a nationwide collaborative effort to build healthy soil and grow healthy food for community gardens and food banks.

Volunteers and local youth put down compost at Downtown Credo’s community garden and planted tomatoes and other vegetables at a community garden located at the New Image Youth Center in the historic Parramore community. In addition to growing vegetables, youths will sell the produce at the farmer’s markets and learn to cook fresh food from the garden.

This event was part of Keep America Beautiful partner U.S. Composting Council’s Million Tomato Campaign, which brings together compost producers, chefs, community gardens and food banks from all over the nation to help build healthy soil and produce sustainably grown, local food for our communities.

“We’re so excited to see this campaign getting off the ground in Orlando,” said Michael Virga, executive director of the U.S. Composting Council. “By working together to build healthy soil and grow healthy food, we can offer meaningful ways for kids to learn about improving their local environment and their own health.”