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USDA Official Sees Benefits of Urban Gardening Programs

By Tom Charlier

The Commercial Appeal

December 03, 2015

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/usda-official-sees-benefits-
of-urban-gardening-programs-26017654-2c45-38bd-e053-0100007fb3e1- 360507141.htm

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In the middle of a community still reeling from the closure of Treadwell High School, Dan DeShon and his middle school students took what he calls a “barren wasteland of grass and weeds” and transformed it into an entrance garden where chrysanthemums, azaleas and daffodils flower.

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Then they moved to the courtyard of Treadwell Middle School, sprucing it up and establishing another garden. After that came the raised-bed vegetable gardens, the Kitchen Community Learning Garden and even a “mini-orchard” that grows figs, kiwis, pomegranates, blackberries and blueberries.

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Soon, dozens of students were showing up on Saturdays to work in the gardens. And the same large campus that once drew residents to watch such prep basketball legends as Penny Hardaway and Elliot Perry was attracting neighbors to help grow and harvest produce.

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“We saw this as a great opportunity to expand our involvement with other parts of the community,” said DeShon, a special-education teacher who established the garden club at Treadwell Middle and is now adviser to the newly chartered 4-H Club there.

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