Updated: Mar 18
What a week! For those of you who met Roots Down at our first Fruitful Communities Forum, welcome and thanks for hopping on board. We were thrilled that over 125 people joined us on Wednesday evening to learn more about our work. We also had a nice write up in Decaturish about the launch of Fruitful Communities in DeKalb County.
Attendees heard from Commissioner Ted Terry about his goals to fight climate change and food insecurity while creating green jobs in DeKalb County, as well as Dr. Khan and Sister Ali about the incredible work they are doing at The Mohammed Schools of Atlanta. Their school garden, lovingly named Firdous Garden, is truly a gem, and a shining example of what a Fruitful Community looks like.
We’ve got a big week coming up! On Earth Day we’re heading to to The Mohammed Schools to plant three sisters garden with the #GreenHive and some of their High School students. We’re also breaking ground at the Stonecrest Library with Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson. On Friday, we’re breaking ground at the Clarkston Library, and on Wednesday we’re installing a meadow by the Heck House. If you’d like to join us at either of the library installations, you can learn more here and here.
Thanks again for being part of the Roots Down family, and we look forward to seeing you out and about planting fruit trees!
What Is Regenerative Gardening? (And Why You Should Be Doing It)
Regenerative gardening is a simple concept with significant environmental impact - https://www.treehugger.com/embrace-regenerative-gardening-5176159
Return the National Parks to the Tribes: The jewels of America’s landscape should belong to America’s original peoples - https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/05/return-the-national-parks-to-the-tribes/618395
Agricultural runoff puts Iowa's Raccoon River on list of 10 most endangered nationally, group says - American Rivers leader: 'We’re sounding the alarm because pollution in the Raccoon River is putting drinking water supplies and public health at risk.'
Western U.S. may be entering its most severe drought in modern history - The stage is set for an escalation of extreme dry conditions, with widespread water restrictions expected and yet another dangerous fire season ahead. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/drought-western-united-states-modern-history/
A Brief History Of How Racism Shaped Interstate Highways - Part of President Biden's infrastructure plan aims to promote racial equity. Professor Deborah Archer says highway planners in the mid-20th century sometimes purposefully destroyed Black communities.https://www.npr.org/2021/04/07/984784455/a-brief-history-of-how-racism-shaped-interstate-highways
The Case For a Transit-First Infrastructure Plan - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-13/biden-s-infrastructure-plan-must-put-transit-first