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HAPPY BDAY CG: 1,600 TREES AND COUNTING


CG turned 2 in August, and we're growing up fast!  We're proud that we've added 1,600 fruit and native trees to South Florida, but even prouder that we've engaged 1,300 volunteers to plant them.  We're not only improving the community, we are building community.  Together, we have transformed illegal dumping grounds into a Community Grove; reforested public parks with hundreds of native trees; and hosted tree giveaways to homeowners.  The best part is getting the kids involved. Every tree they plant connects them to their community and reinforces their role in it.  As Miss Kelsy of the Milagro Teen Center said, "It all starts with teaching our youth to love and care for the environment. This shows them how to appreciate the little things in life as they become adults in our society." 
TD Greenstreets in The Set! Hear it from CRA's Kristyn Cox and Delray Beach Mayor Shelly Petrolia.  Thank you Producify for your talents and generosity!  
 


 

SKYLAR, SUMMER INTERN


Talk about a hard worker!  The tropical summer heat didn't phase our summer intern, Skylar. The slash pine, pond apples, pond cypress, and live oaks in Eagle Park were loving their tree steward.  All summer long she showed the trees a lot of love - diligently weeding, mulching and watering.  Skylar, a junior at Cardinal Newman High School, shared this: "It's great to know that by doing this, I'm not only helping each individual tree, but also helping the trees benefit people and the environment by making the park more beautiful and cleaning the air and water.  Spending time with the trees was really relaxing too!"  Go discover Eagle Park, and thank Skylar while you're there!

WHY IS CG IMPORTANT TO YOU?
DUPREE JACKSON, JR., CG BOARD MEMBER


Dupree Jackson exemplifies a working board.  He helped launch Community Greening from when it was just an idea and he has been instrumental in community outreach and programming.  As the founder of the EJS Project, Dupree is focused on teens being successful in life and school.  Because he believes in building and empowering tomorrow's leaders he has rallied the teens to plant trees and invest in their neighborhood.   The community thanks you for what you do, Dupree.

In the most underserved community, there’s a huge lack of attention shown to the environment.  Ever since Community Greening has been doing its work in Delray Beach, and in specific areas of The Set (NW/SW neighborhoods), I have seen an increase in community involvement and overall beautification of our neighborhood.  When we come together for a tree planting event, it’s a time for youth and elders to connect and work collectively to improve the community.  We have done tree plantings all over the city and have learned about neighborhoods and parks in this city that we never knew existed.  With that comes newly formed relationships that grow in the most organic way, through hard work and a common agenda (increasing the tree canopy). Through this initiative students at the EJS Project have gained a greater sense of belonging to their community and are filled with pride knowing that they are helping to protect the environment while while increasing the tree canopy and providing fresh healthy produce.”  - Emanuel "Dupree" Jackson, Jr.

 

DON'T WORRY!  HE'S AN ARBORIST


We're fired up!  Community Greening co-director and co-founder, Matt Shipley, passed the exam to become a certified arborist!  Matt started working with trees during his time with the Peace Corps in Paraguay.  He continued the work during his Master's program in California and now with Community Greening in South Florida.  Congratulate Matt on putting that knowledge and experience to work and becoming a certified arborist.  Green side up!
 
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MEET A TREE 


"Being able to take responsibility for our trees is like caring for my family and making sure we survive." 
- Clay, age 14, (pictured here with "Clay Jr.", the Bahama Strongbark) 

 DID YOU KNOW?

  • Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, thus providing protection to children on school campuses and playgrounds - where children spend hours outdoors - is a no-brainer.
     
  • A person standing under the shade of a tree would take them 50 minutes to burn instead of 20 minutes
     
  • Trees make communities livable for people and their activities. People walk and jog more on streets with trees; children and adults have a cool place to play or relax in the summer, thus increasing their interaction with neighbors.

PARTNER APPRECIATION
 
For all of you who've been picking the delicious mangoes, sugar apples and avocados this season in the Community Grove at Catherine Strong Park, you've discovered something special!  We have our partnership with Zills High Performance Plants to thank.  Zills has DEEP roots in South Florida and recognizes the cultural and historical importance of fruit trees to the area.  Thank you Zills for treating us like family and sharing the goodness with us.  
 
WELCOME TO NEW BOARD MEMBER, JENNIFER GOMEZ!!!
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610 SW 15th Ave #4
Delray Beach, FL 33444

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