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April day of mulching, shed-painting, and celebration

Thank you to all who came out for our April work day last Saturday to help keep the garden in top form, and to get together to celebrate spring in the garden (though as we write this spring feels like it snuck back indoors for a few days).

We got a lot done on Saturday.

First and foremost, we mulched our hearts out. This will really help us keep the weeds down, and prevent those muddy paths we always deal with in the spring.

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We also turned the compost

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And did some much-needed construction on a couple of the raised beds.

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We employed some creative methods push those boards back into place.

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And we had some very special guests – youth volunteers from One Common Unity who painted a gorgeous mural on our garden shed.

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One Common Unity is an arts-based organization that facilitates social-emotional learning (SEL) programming that integrates arts and community activism.

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In the spring of 2000, after a string of school shootings and unceasing youth violence in Washington, D.C., a small group of young artists and educators came together determined to shift the paradigm; they wanted to use their music, visual art and spoken word poetry to inspire youth to put down the guns and choose love over hate.

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They also wanted to teach youth that expression didn’t always have to be negative to sell.

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The founding members’ passion and commitment to youth development and cultural transformation was the impetus for organizing themselves into a formal entity called One Common Unity (OCU).

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 We are so grateful to this amazing group of volunteers for bringing their artistry to our garden and their spirit of community love and connection. Be sure to check out their work when you are next at the garden, as well as the wonderful, bright signs, they painted for our shared garden beds.

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