Park Seed Official Press Release

Growing for Futures

Great Veggies for Beginning Gardeners Park Seed Company Helps Grow Therapeutic Gardens!

Park Seed Company is honored to announce its participation in the National Garden Bureau's "Growing for Futures" (#growingforfutures) project of building therapeutic gardens for young adults with autism. This philanthropic effort seeks to raise $30,000 cash and $20,000 in goods and services from individual and industry donors. After just a few weeks of fundraising, the project is reaching its first $10,000 milestone, which will fund the completion of Growing Solutions Farm, a Chicago-based urban gardening program that employs some 50 young adults a year in addition to providing volunteer and educational opportunities for many more.

Park Seed's chief seed horticulturist, Stephanie Turner, is excited about the participation of one of America's oldest and most beloved mail-order seed companies in the fundraising campaign. "I know first-hand how therapeutic my garden is for me and I believe a program like this has amazing potential," says Turner. "Park Seed is proud to come alongside the National Garden Bureau and others in supporting the efforts of Growing Solutions Farm."

Through the website Indiegogo, Park Seed Company is offering $5 and $10 gift certificates for donations of $25 and $50, respectively, to Growing for Futures."Crowd-funded projects like this one often get greater traction from adding 'perks' for donors." notes Turner. "Park Seed wanted to thank donors for their generosity in giving, and draw additional attention to the project. It is our hope that gardeners from all over the country will do what they can to come alongside these young adults in the Chicagoland area."

Growing Solutions Farm will be only the first recipient of Growing for Futures funds. The National Garden Bureau envisions the program benefitting many more local and regional therapeutic gardening projects. In addition to Park Seed Company, many gardening organizations have provided financial donations and support. But the core of the fundraising initiative, the National Garden Bureau stresses, is small sums donated by individuals.

Anyone interested in making a donation and qualifying for the Park Seed gift certificate is encouraged to do so via Indiegogo. Donations are also welcome via U.S. Mail directly to the National Garden Bureau at 1311 Butterfield Road, Suite 310, Downers Grove, IL 60515. (These donations do not qualify for the Park Seed gift.) For more information about this project or about the National Garden Bureau, visit www.ngb.org. Followers of social media also can access #growingforfutures for full details about the project.

For more information on growing for futures, visit parkseed.com or contact us directly by calling our public relations department at 1-864-941-4521.

Happy gardening!