500 lbs. of Organic Fertilizer will Help Non-profit Garden Better Serve Its Community of Urban Gardeners

CLEVELAND, OH (June 30, 2016) Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow®, the maker of aerobically composted organic fertilizer, and Royal Victorian Gardens have teamed up to donate 500 lbs. of Healthy Grow fertilizer to Ben Franklin Community Garden, located in Cleveland. This donation of high-quality organic fertilizer, full of beneficial microbes, will be distributed at no cost to the community residents who make use of the garden space. Applying Healthy Grow will help gardeners see results faster and produce a more bountiful harvest.

Ben Franklin Community Garden has been serving the community by offering a space for community members to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs for more than 30 years. This garden has become such a staple of the community that the Cleveland Landmarks Commission has designated it as a Cleveland Landmark. In addition to providing gardening spaces to the community, Ben Franklin Community Garden donates more than 3,000 lbs. of organic produce per year to local hunger centers.

The organization’s focus on organic growing practices, sustainability, and serving the community fits perfectly with the mission of Healthy Grow, which is made from aerobically composted litter of healthy, egg-laying chickens at the fully sustainable Thompson family farm in Pearl City, Ill.

Bob Witsaman, owner of Royal Victorian Gardens, said, “We are thrilled to be helping Ben Franklin Community Garden provide organic fertilizer to improve its gardeners yields. As a local business owner it’s important for me to see my community actively participate in betterment initiatives that not only provide a sustainable food source, but also build relationships that can last a lifetime.” Royal Victorian Gardens is a retailer of Healthy Grow.

“Today’s donation is part of our national campaign to highlight groups and organizations that enrich communities. Healthy Grow is a committed partner in supporting vibrant community programs,” said Mitch Cooper, Director of Marketing at Pearl Valley Farms, parent company of Healthy Grow. “Gardening is our passion and Ben Franklin Community Garden offers an abundance of gardening plots to those who may not have otherwise had the chance to grow their own fresh produce.”

Jennifer Terry, operations committee chair of Ben Franklin Community Garden, said, “We are proud to provide our community with the opportunity to grow sustainable, healthy food. We are also grateful that Healthy Grow and Royal Victorian Gardens have joined us to help serve this community by generously providing our gardeners with high-quality organic fertilizer at no cost. This product will be a valuable tool for gardeners to ensure that their crops reach their fullest potential.”

For more information on Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow, please visit www.healthy-grow.com or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/organichealthygrow.

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About Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow®

Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow® maintains a full line of organic, compost-based fertilizers, soil enhancers, and specialty mixes that create a nutrient-rich soil with beneficial microbial activity, naturally high levels of nitrogen, and other beneficial secondary nutrients, such as calcium and phosphorus, which are important to plant growth. Nothing artificial is added and the compost is never artificially heated. This is important to Dave, because for him, “The Way It’s Made Matters™”. To learn more about Healthy Grow, please visit www.healthy-grow.com.

About Pearl Valley Farms

Pearl Valley Farms is a global food and lawn & garden company, specializing in organic and specialty products. In the United States, the company is a leader in numerous specialty egg categories with popular brands including Phil’s Fresh Eggs®, Eggology®, Pearl Valley Eggs®, Pearl Valley Specialty Eggs®, and a leader in retail and professional fertilizer products, with brands including Dave Thompson’s Organic Healthy Grow®, Healthy Grow® Pro, Coop Poop®, and Pure Green®. Today, Pearl Valley Farms is committed to providing nutritious, great-tasting food and nutrient-dense fertilizers in a responsible way, maintaining robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety, and quality programs. To learn more about Pearl Valley Farms, please visit www.pearlvalleyfarms.com.

About Royal Victorian Gardens

Royal Victorian Gardens has delivered high quality plant products, and horticultural advice for more than 35 years. This locally family-owned local business takes pride in its passion for customer service, taking the time to hear each customer’s specific needs and treating them like family. Royal Victorian Gardens is also home to Bob Wistaman landscaping, which has provided expert landscaping services for over 25 years.

About Ben Franklin Community Garden

Ben Franklin Community Garden has been proudly serving its community for more than 30 years by providing a space and resources for residents to grow crops. This five-acre site is the largest community garden in Cuyahoga County and has been recognized as a Cleveland Landmark by the Cleveland Landmark’s Commission. In addition to providing local residents with garden spaces, Ben Franklin Community Garden also works to educate schoolchildren the value of organic and sustainable gardening.