The students of Orchard View Elementary celebrated Earth Day by planting native Paradise Trees (named "Panther" and "Cubby") at the school entrance. After the planting we went for a nature walk in the beautiful urban forest of Orchard View Park. The kids collected invasive air potato, played freeze tag and for some of them, had their first experience of a walk in the woods. Passionate elementary school teachers like Kayli Edelman deserve recognition for teaching the next generation about our planet and how to care of it.
A GRAND GIVEAWAY
We had a blast giving away 100 Florida native and fruit trees to the good people at Grandview Public Market on Arbor Day. Tree giveaways are one of our core programs to increase the tree canopy in Palm Beach County. These guavas, slash pine, satinleaf, mangos, paradise trees and sugar apples will provide fruit and shade to their new owners for years to come. A big thank you to our green hostess, Kristen Schonwald-Vila, and her team for creating the space for us to celebrate trees!
BEXLEY TRAIL COMMUNITY PARK FRUIT GROVE
The City of Delray Beach Parks and Recreation Department celebrated National Arbor Day by planting a small urban orchard at Bexley Trail Park. Local tree lover and Bexley resident, Ingrid Lee, has been a steadfast supporter of Community Greening, volunteering at tree plantings with her kids since we started in 2016. Thanks to her advocacy, the free range kids in this engaged neighborhood will be able to pick the mangos, avocados, starfruit, jackfruit and Barbados cherries as they're playing in the park. A special thanks to Noah for being the orchard tender and watering the trees until they're established.
"Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life." – Herman Hesse
CG RECOGNIZED BY GARDEN CLUB OF AMERICA
Community Greening co-founders, Mark Cassini and Matt Shipley, received a Club Conservation Commendation by the The Garden Club of America. The award was "in recognition of the vision and leadership given, in organizing community volunteers to replenish tree native canopy in Delray Beach, Florida". The Grass River Garden Club recently awarded Community Greening a NeighborWoods grant to offer 25 free trees to residents of The Set. Community Greening will come to your house, give a site and species selection, and return to plant your new tree!
MEET A TREE
" This is my first time planing a tree and I loved it! I named him Jimmy Jr. because I liked the name.
I hope to come and grab the mangos soon! Thank you Community Greening!"
- Tobias Espinoza, 7 years old pictured with his mom and "Jimmy Jr." the Mango
WHY IS CG IMPORTANT TO YOU? HAHNAH SHIN, CG VOLUNTEER
"Community Greening means a lot to us as a family. We see it as our responsibility as community members to give back to the earth that we live upon. Community Greening teaches children the importance of planting trees and the responsibilities involved in assisting a tree to thrive. I want to raise my children in a community where they have trees and parks to play on. I asked my 8 year old daughter Arya why she is always so excited when a Community Greening event is coming up and she replied, "Mommy, can you imagine if we had no trees?!" She is so right. Humans tax the environment in every aspect of our existence. Imagine if there were no more trees? I am so glad there are organizations out there like Community Greening that give back to the environment and create a safe place for children of all ages and types to learn and grow."
- Hahnah Shin, pictured with her children
Community Greening has been looking for new ways to expand our sustainability efforts, in keeping with our organizational values. I am thrilled to announce that today we are joining the Arbor Day Foundation as it launches the Time for Trees initiative. Through this effort, we will support the Arbor Day Foundation in planting 100 million trees in forests and communities worldwide by 2022. That’s enough trees to plant the equivalent of 3,500 Central Parks!
Along with other partners in cities and forests across the globe, we are coming together to drive much needed change and to improve the quality of life around the world through the simplest, most affordable, and most effective solution – planting trees - which will pave way for the health and well-being of people in this and future generations.
PARTNER APPRECIATION DAY
Small-batch coffee roasted in Delray Beach
Lifted Coffee co-founder, Jason Gauger, has been an enthusiastic supporter of Community Greening ever since our first event in 2016. As an experienced botanist, he appreciated our mission and always supplied our volunteers with the fuel to get the trees in the ground. Thank you Jason and Andrew for donating your tasty brew to our tree planting parties. We are excited to see Lifted Coffee take off in Palm Beach County.
"Lifted Coffee began in the spirit of collaboration, not only between the two of us, but with our friends and co-conspirators. While we have both achieved a level of success in our own backgrounds, combining our abilities results in the progression of our craft. Bringing our collective knowledge of coffee, and our wishlist of equipment and technology, some of which we invented, the intent is to disrupt some of the tired standards of the industry; all of this, because we want to enjoy something as simple, yet complex as a cup of coffee."