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May Meeting: Green Corps Presentation at the CBG

It was a beautiful spring day when the Westlake Garden met at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. The meeting began at 11:30 a.m. For those who arrived early, it was a great time to take a short walk through the outdoor gardens. Although most of the tulips were finished blooming, there were daffodils and many other spring blooms to be enjoyed, including all the spring foliage. Following a short business meeting, a presentation was put on by Kelly Barrett, the director of Green Corps. Green Corps is an educational program in urban gardening for high school age students. To quote from their brochure, “. . . teens work at urban farms in Cleveland, learning job, leadership and life skills . . .”. Vacant lots are converted into urban farms producing fruits, vegetables and flowers which are later sold at weekly farm stands benefitting the local community. According to Ms. Barrett, many of the students who complete the four year program go on to higher learning and successful careers and most likely become gardeners for life. Kevin Brandstetter