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á Berkshire Community Garden á
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Berkshire hasáhad a community vegetable garden since 2008.á Produceáis donated to local soup kitchens and food banks.á
Here are some recipients:á
áááá Forgotten Harvest
áááá Gleaners
áááá South Oakland Shelter
áááá Yad Ezra
áááá Cass
áááá St. Leo's Soup Kitchen
áááá Lighthouse
áááá Baldwin Center
áááá Par Garden in Oak Parká
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Many thanks to:
Goldner Walsh Nursery
ACE Hardware (13 Mile andáSouthfield Rd.)
Franklin Garden Club
Main's Nursery
Birmingham Education Foundation
Berkshire PTA
BPS Grounds Crew
Mr. Ed's Tree Care
Berkshire's Proud Dads Club
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for their continued, generous support!á
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SixáEagle Scout Projects to date!

Many thanks to all the awesome gardeners who volunteer from Spring to Fall!á This year we grew a variety ofáheirloom tomatoes, eggplant, radishes, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, peppers, green beans, cucumbers, peas, carrots, zucchini, squash, and broccoli.á
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Volunteers Needed for the 2014 -15 season!
No experience necessary!áááá
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To volunteer please call 248-203-4706 or email:áll02bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us
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á School Gardens Cause a RippleáEffect!
Incorporating gardening into the educational process empowers children to lead healthy, well-balanced lives.á When these classroom concepts become part of everyday conversations, enthusiasm spreads, engagement and cooperation grow among family and friends, and communities are transformed into safer, more nurturing environments.
HandsáOn Academics-- Schoolágardens provide a hand-onálearning laboratoryáwhere children can apply and explore classroom concepts.á From theáscience of plant biologyáand natural cycles to theáapplication of math skills to measure, divide and calculate the harvest, students become active andáengaged learners.

Diet and Exercise-áSchool garden programs improve a child's understanding of good nutrition and increase consumption of fruits andávegetables while providing an opportunity for regular, moderate exercise in an enjoyable way.á These healthy diet and exercise practices, planted like seeds in a school garden, often grow into lifelong healthy habits.

Wellness and Self-Esteem-áSuccess in the garden givesástudents an opportunity toáfeel goodáabout themselves and their accomplishments.á When a child is able to share something they have helpedáto grow, they retain aásense of ownership and pride; and when children and community members work together they build relationships that last long after the harvest.

Environment and Community-ááChildren who participate in gardening programs often develop an enhanced appreciation and respect for the world around them.á By working together to build and care foráa garden, children and volunteers experience the positive impact that they canábring to their communities reinforcing their desire to participate in more goodáworks.
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Source:á National Gardening Association
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