Ohio – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority recently awarded a $31,700 neighborhood economic development grant to the Frederick Douglass Community Association. The funds will help the association with the development of and urban garden project. The project will include a roof-top solar array system and an urban garden. Board President Karl Parker stated the motive for the project was to “bridge the green divide that exists.” Learn more about this West Toledo project here.
North Carolina – The Georgetown Renaissance Community Association, the National Association of Black Veterans (NABVETS), the Georgetown community, and other local organizations came together to celebrate Juneteenth by honoring the veterans and civilians buried in the Old Georgetown Community Cemetery. Through research by the Georgetown Renaissance Community Association, the graveyard can be classified as a late 19th century African-American cemetery. The historical burial ground was used until 1963 when the Georgetown community abandoned it. According to event organizer and Georgetown Renaissance Community Association President Cynthia Watson, they have plans to have the cemetery recognized on the National Historical Listing on the National Historical Site. Read the full story about this Jacksonville community here.
Across the pond – Members of Hopton In Bloom and Upper Hopton Community Association have started making plans for a new orchard to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee. The groups want to plant the orchard over an acre of land which will feature a walkway down to a stream and a pond, and a wetland meadow with benches for local people to use. Roger Leedham from Hopton In Bloom feels a community orchard would help to enhance the peaceful, rural character of the area which residents enjoy. The community association plans to have local schoolchildren involved in the planting of around 50 fruit trees and hazelnut hedges. Read more about the Mirfield, UK orchard plan here.
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