Every June, nearly 30,000 marigolds are planted by over 1000 students along Main Street in Saint John. Now in its 17th year, Marigolds on Main Street has blossomed into The Marigold Project, with community gardens sprouting up all over Greater Saint John. Close to 60 schools from Sussex to St. Stephen will be participating in this year’s planting on June 5.
Last year, the Marigolds Project set a Guinness World Record for the most people transplanting seedlings (5,677) at multiple venues (34 locations). This year, the project has a theme that encourages students to fundraise in support of Saint John youth: Students as Citizens – Youth Give Back.
“We’ve added a new twist to this year’s event and have asked students to think of creative ways to fundraise as a way of giving back to their community,” says City of Saint John community developer and long-time marigolds organizer Greg Cutler. “All of the money they raise during activities such as bake sales and dances will be donated to the Greater Saint John Strong Kids Campaign to place Saint John youth in summer camps.”
The Marigold Project’s plant day is set for this Thursday, June 5, 2014. Opening Ceremonies begin at 9:30 am in front of McDonalds, 399 Main Street, Saint John. To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the start of WWI and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, the ceremonies will begin with a presentation to honour our veterans.
Thank you to participating schools, the City of Saint John Growth and Community Development Services, Saint John Police Force, and Corporate representatives from Halifax Seed, McDonalds, Scotiabank, and Xerox. Support from these groups enables The Marigolds Project to grow year after year.
For more information about the project, visit www.marigolds.ca.