The Home Depot Foundation delivers outdoor furniture to the Tiny House Community

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSA) — New outdoor decor items were delivered to the Tiny House Community in Savannah. It was all made possible by the effort of hundreds of volunteers working on Hilton Head Island today—plus the support of a national brand.

Two large box trucks full of goods made their way into the cove at Dundee in Savannah on Tuesday. As volunteers opened the doors, veterans were happy to see what was inside. 

Reggie Chisholm, a resident and veteran said, “Well, I’m overwhelmed. I’m glad. I didn’t know what to expect when they told us we had to clean up the place. It’s quite a step up. You know, it puts us in a high-dollar region. It’s some very nice stuff.”

Each house was given an outdoor chair and cushion. They were also given picnic tables and benches.  Earlier that day,  the

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Community garden cultivates local leaders in southwest Detroit

Detroit — Cadillac Urban Gardens has been a godsend to southwest Detroit since opening in 2012.

In the past decade, it has provided produce for residents, attracted 60,000 hours of volunteer work and repurposed 331 shipping containers as raised beds for fruits and vegetables.

Andrea Mendez helps supervise interns and volunteers at the garden. She plans to study food science at Michigan State to increase access to healthy food.

The urban garden also has helped local youths to become community leaders.

Youths like Yahir Hernandez, who was 15 and looking for a summer job when he was hired by the gardens in 2018. After planting and harvesting plants, he returned the next summer as a field supervisor.

He engaged with people by managing volunteers and giving garden tours. He also led a team performing air quality research.

Hernandez, now 19, is a sophomore at Michigan State University, where he studies biosystems engineering.

“They focus on helping the world in the environmental aspect while helping community members at the same time,” he said. “There’s definitely a

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Your garden is key to keeping New Year resolutions

As we ring in 2023, many people will start thinking about resolutions for better living, losing weight, and whatnot. However, I would wager a guess that any of your resolutions, no matter what they are, can be accomplished in the garden.

Exercise more. Moving your body and being active will help burn calories, stretch muscles, and produce a healthy heart rate. According to many activity trackers, including MyfitnessPal, Noom, Calory, and a lengthy meta-analysis1, getting out in the garden can have compounding positive effects on burning calories and an overall positive sense of well-being. So don’t get stressed about making it to that CrossFit class when you can go in your backyard and pull weeds for 30 minutes to exercise and have a measurable benefit in your yard.

Save money. I, too, have heard the joke about folks spending $150 on gardening supplies for a $1 tomato. I agree tomatoes

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Community Supply Drive accepting donations Thanksgiving weekend

As the weather grows colder, people living in Rochester who are unhoused can be vulnerable to dropping temperatures.

This Thanksgiving weekend, many community organizations such as The Rochester Mutual Aid Network, 490 Farmers, Recovery All Ways, Being Black in the Burbs, ROC Food Relief, and others are working together to help with that challenge.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, there will be a Community Supply Drive at 490 Community Garden, on the corner of Meigs Street and Broadway. For this supply drive organizers encourage community members to donate kitchenware, non-perishable foods, toiletries, menstrual products, first-aid supplies, hand/foot warmers and winter clothing for adults and children.

The Rochester Mutual Aid Network also has a goal to raise $1,700 to make solar-powered heating blankets for those in need. It costs about $35 per blanket to cover the costs of materials, according to that group.

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Round Rock residents learn how to grow, donate food at Unity Park Community Garden

Cara Wellner started growing seasonal vegetables in Unity Park Community Garden nearly three years ago to teach her children healthy eating habits.

“I figure if they’re growing the food, they will be more apt to want to eat it,” Wellner said. “That has definitely been the case.”

In addition to learning about gardening and farming, Wellner said the garden presents an opportunity for her children, who are homeschooled, to get outside and give back to the community.

Besides providing rentable garden plots for those without the space at home, the community garden supplies fruits and vegetables to the Hope Alliance and Round Rock Area Serving Center.

Holli Haswell, board president of both Unity Park Community Garden and Neighborhood Harvest Project in Round Rock, said the garden was founded in 2009 by Jeff Ferris of the radio talk show “Gardening Naturally,” although he is no longer affiliated with the project. Before

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Drax donates supplies to help the Ester Gallow Community Garden in Monroe | KTVE

MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD) — Drax announced on Monday, September 12, 2022, that they donated wheelbarrows, garden composters, and a variety of gardening tools to help a community to bloom through a new community garden project in Monroe, La.

The Ester Gallow Community Garden is a public garden that will be a collaborative space for seniors at Booker T. Senior Village and children at Roy Neal Shelling Elementary School. The garden will offer volunteers an opportunity to plant their own seasonal vegetables as well as provide an inclusive place to socialize and connect with others.

The land for the community garden was donated by Monroe resident Christopher Davis, whose late mother, Ester Gallow, was passionate about helping the community and was influential in establishing the Booker T. Senior Village located next to the garden.

We partnered with colleges, the city, and local organizations to try and put together a

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Valu Home Centers closing three WNY stores | Business Local

Valu Home Centers is taking a new look at its business in the face of difficult economic conditions.

The family-owned, local home improvement chain will close three stores in Batavia, Fredonia and Lakewood. All affected workers will be offered positions at other Valu stores.

The closures are part of an effort to focus on stronger locations and to potentially add others, while bolstering Valu’s online presence, the company said. 

“For Valu, it’s all about growth. We want to grow in new stores and new markets and also with our e-commerce site,” said Doug Wasiura, senior vice president of marketing and e-commerce. “We look at some of these stores and, unfortunately, there’s just so much competition in some pretty small neighborhoods that the stores just don’t make sense for us anymore.”

The Batavia, Fredonia and Lakewood stores were not doing well, and trimming them allows the company to focus its resources

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Sudbury news: City welcomes accessible community garden

A fully accessible community garden is now open at Ryan Heights Playground in Sudbury.

Those involved in the project say they have removed a number of barriers to accessibility to ensure anyone with a green thumb can join.

“This was a huge need in the community,” said Kryslyn Mohan, youth program co-lead with Sudbury Shared Harvest.

“After multiple years of vandalism, this space was not only uninviting, it was inaccessible, it was unsafe.”

Mohan said they have installed accessible pathways that have the right width and appropriate turning space.

“We also have raised beds for a diverse number of needs for community residents, such as those who use wheelchairs, those who prefer to garden from a standing position and those with small kids who need beds that are closer to the ground,” she said.

Mohan said there are between 30 and 40 community

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Community garden in West Eugene: a cultural hotspot for green thumbs | News

Tucked behind Kennedy Middle School lies Churchill Community Garden, engulfed in green and peppered with purples, pinks and yellows from native flowers.

Two women carrying supplies out of the garden’s gates chat in Spanish and follow the puddled path leading back to the school.

Near the back of the garden, three bee boxes and an uplifted saucer of water provide refuge for the bees visiting the garden. Several of them hover around their sanctuary despite the light rain.

Managed by the non-profit Huerto de la Familia and originally created by FOOD For Lane County, the garden is about two decades old and has served as an affordable way for people in the West Eugene community to grow their own food. Beyond this, the garden is a cultural hotspot, where members of the community come together to speak different languages, educate themselves on gardening and celebrate their passion for growing.

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