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How to Care for Your Tree

Let your tree know how much you care by paying careful attention to this section. Watering, mulching, and pruning your tree properly will ensure years of vibrant, healthy life for you, your tree, and future generations.

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How to Start a Community Garden on Public Land Near You

Thinking of starting a community garden, and eyeing that public park nearby, or tired of being on a waiting list at the only community garden in your city? You’re not alone. Community gardens are flourishing nationwide as a terrific way for citizens to grow healthy food as well as community bonds, but there are currently not enough of them to meet the demand.

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5 simple steps for students to start a community garden

Decatur High school senior, Anna Rose Gable, shares five tips that can help any student get their dream garden off the ground.

  1. Educate yourself - Become acquainted with gardens and resources in your community, and get involved so you know what you're getting yourself into. I was lucky to have Oakhurst and Gaia right down the street.
  2. Show you are serious - I converted a weedy school flower bed into a vegetable garden and maintained it for two years whilst writing bylaws, an annotated bibliography of garden-building resources, a preliminary garden layout, and a research paper about sustainable agriculture education. Talking to a lot of people will help you develop the plan, and they will become useful allies later on!
  3. Make your voice heard - In order to gain recognition and permission for the project, I had to visit the principal's office on a daily basis. Teaming up with a parent (the PTSA Building and Grounds Committee chair) got things moving much faster.
  4. Get people involved - Parents, teachers, staff, community members, and, most importantly, students. You will need everyone's support. In Decatur, Google Groups has been very effective at getting adults in on the act, while Facebook has helped a lot on the student front.
  5. Speak up! Finally, you'll need people to find funding, communicate with the school and community, contribute physical labor and donate supplies. They are out there - all you have to do is ask. 

Good luck. I'll be over here in Decatur doing the same!
 
Anna Rose is a senior at Decatur High School. After interning at the Oakhurst Community Garden, she undertook an independent study in organic farming, and established a small garden on the school campus. This year, many hours of dreaming and planning are coming to fruition with the creation of the DHS Community Garden.

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