A collective effort to improve our environment for people and nature.
NEW FOOD FOREST IN WPB
The City of West Palm Beach wanted a food forest, and Community Greening made it happen. On October 26, 150 volunteers broke ground and planted 53 fruit trees at the Henrietta Bridge Farm in the Historic NW neighborhood. An epic planting party like that one couldn’t have happened without all of our amazing partners and volunteers. Thank you KVL Media, Digital Vibez, and Healthier Neighbors. Residents will be able to pick fruit the from the soursop, guavas, mangos, lychees, starfruit, avocados, mulberries, persimmon, breadfruit and more. Not only does this provide free nutritious food, it also adds a beautiful green space to the neglected area. Stay tuned for quarterly workshop topics such as pruning, fruit tree species, and green jobs. Check out KVL's video of the event.
CG HAS A NEW LOOK
Check out our fancy new website when you have a minute! Meet the team, learn about our programs, see past projects, enjoy the photos and videos, visit our online tree database and dedicate a tree for $25 while you're there! Thank you to our good friend Adam Goldsmith at Website Dev Co for the gorgeous website and the online marketing magic!
TREE PLANTING: THE TIME IS NOW
Community Greening co-Founders, Mark Cassini and Matt Shipley, spent the week in Cleveland, Ohio with more than 500 urban forestry professionals at the Arbor Day Foundation's Partners in Community Forestry national conference. Some of the inspiring and informative presentations topics included measuring heat mitigation of urban trees; urban trees and human health; Trees Rx: the human health connection; and diversity in urban tree plantings. Mark and Matt presented on creating Community Greening and the theme "Stronger Together" at the Alliance for Community Trees Day. Thank you to Arbor Day Foundation President Dan Lambe for putting on another stellar conference and Will Liner for leading the way as the State of Florida's Urban Forestry Program Manager.
MEET A TREE
"Planting trees and volunteering our time is a great way to teach
our children about the importance of giving back to the community."
- Reggie, Kettia and daughter Katelyn with the mango tree "Pledge of Good News" they planted at the Henrietta Bridge Food Forest in West Palm Beach
WHY IS CG IMPORTANT TO YOU? AKILAH THREADGILL, CG VOLUNTEER
"Community Greening means to me, taking a stance against unsafe environmental practices, changing the norms of society, giving back to Mother Earth and restoring communities all at the same time. Community Greening is not only enriching the soil that many of us take for granted but they are enriching the lives of the young and the old. CG is space to where I can contribute change with intent, diversity and love to the community."
Akilah Threadgill, CG Volunteer
We thank the Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation for supporting our mission to improve the environment for people and nature. With their help we are able to build capacity, increase programming and engage tree planters. They have supported us from the beginning and we could not have grown this quickly without them. Thank you!
DID YOU KNOW?
Greener neighborhoods, especially those with green common areas, encourage social bonding between neighbors and improve the social setting
Contact with nature helps children to develop cognitive, emotional, and behavioral connections to their nearby social and biophysical environments
Nature experiences are important for encouraging imagination and creativity, cognitive and intellectual development, and social relationships
More than 100 studies have shown that relaxation and stress reduction are significant benefits associated with spending time in green areas
Green spaces can serve as a sort of ecotherapy, as marginalized people can find empowerment, respite from stresses, and personal involvement in environmental stewardship
Educational theory suggests that contact with nature facilitates children’s development of cognitive, emotional, and spiritual connections to social and biophysical environments around them
Source: Green Cities: Good Health (Urban Forestry/Urban Greening Research)