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A Adams Writing Sample 2

A Adams Writing Sample 2

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Upcoming Events
Saturday,April 7Saturday,April 14Easter Egg Hunt10am - noonPhilly Spring Clean-up9am-2pm
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Newsletter of the Awbury Arboretum Association
WINTER / SPRING 2012
Howard Brosius of Chipping Hill Micro Farms has transformeda small corner of the Cope House into a living classroom. It’s allpart of Awbury’s new Micro Farm installation, where arugula,parsley, spinach, chives, beets, and more are sprouting.Brosius germinated the seeds indoors and transplanted them tohis innovative cedar boxes built for winter farming. On display just outside the Cope House, these boxes are heated by light-capturing polycarbonate lids and low-watt bulbs.Preschool and day care groups from Germantown and beyondare learning about garden habitats, from seeds, soil, sunlight andwater, to weeds and insects. Lessons carry over to the trees andlandscape of the arboretum, with a nature walk and visit toAwbury’s Secret Garden. Finally, they return to theMicro Farm to taste a variety of vegetables, andshare a fresh, green salad.From seed to table, Brosius has dedicated himself toteaching youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods tolove their veggies.
The Micro Farm is Growing!
Saturday,May 12Mother’s Day Tea11am-3pmMay 19-26Chelsea Flower Show andEnglish Gardens Tour For details call 215.849.2855
Show Your Support
Donate, volunteer, attend an event, or come outand enjoy the grounds!
Become a member 
andreceive discounts, special invitations, and votingrivilees at our annual meetin.
 
 www.awbury.org Winter/Spring 2012One way to think about our stewardship of Awbury is to say weare a community of people wholook after a community of plants.The plant community needs our care and attention to thrive, andhaving a thoughtful, long rangeplan which accounts for all thevarious ways people use theArboretum is a mark of goodstewardship.
“…having a thoughtful, longrange plan which accounts for all the various ways peopleuse the Arboretum is a mark of good stewardship.”
The Landscape Committeerecently rolled out its plan for the Northwest Tract'sAgricultural Village. The planallows for farming, communitygardens, a commercial nursery,children's education, greenrecycling and greenhouseoperations as well as walkingpaths at the perimeter so visitorscan view the various activities.Awbury is a rare resource --green space in the middle of adense urban community-- and balancing and harmonizing thecompeting demands of thegroups who would like to usethis resource is a delicate jobwhich has been donewonderfully by the LandscapeCommittee and its chair,Claudia Levy. The plan willguide the arboretum staff inplanting and maintaining thenorthwest tract, and provide afocus for fundraising.The hard work of thinking abouthow best to preserve the historiclandscape around the FrancisCope House as well as improvethe more visible border alongChew Avenue is the next task of the Landscape Committee andwe look forward to the results of their efforts.
 
Awbury Friends and NeighborsCelebrate MLK Day
The Future of the
N
ORTHWEST
T
RACT
 by Mark Sellers,Chairman of the BoardOn Martin Luther King Day,
theChew and Belfield Neighbors Club andEnon Tabernacle Baptist Church joined Awbury staff and neighbors for a day of service at the Arboretum.Volunteers of all ages worked up anappetite clearing invasive Honeysucklealong Chew Avenue.Landscape Manager Denis Luceycoordinated the efforts of thirty-fiveneighborhood participants andnine Awbury staff and Boardmembers to prune and beautifyAwbury’s southern perimeter. Itwas a day of community building,as the group not only worked, butplayed, barbequed and socializedin the winter sunshine.Volunteers from The ClivedenHills Association, For Better Fathers, EPIC CommunityStakeholders Mt. Airy USA,Tookany/Tacony-FrankfordWatershed Partnership, and NewCovenant Church, turned out for one of the most successful Clean-Up Days seen in Germantown todate.
 
 www.awbury.org Winter/Spring 2012In the long-term we hope to offer aMaster Beekeeping Skills Program,raise locally developed queen bees, andharvest and bottle our own honey.Courses for youth and beginners arealready underway, generating a greatdeal of interest and excitement in our community.The Comprehensive Beginner's Coursemeets Thursday evenings and coverseverything you need to get started as a beekeeper, from basic bee biology toequipment and hive installation.As the course progresses, participantswill don bee veils and smokers, gaininghands-on training they can bring totheir own backyards.
Just in time for Spring:
 
Awbury helps launch
 Community Apiary
We are proud to partner 
 with Green Sanctuary Earth Institute(GSEIPA) to build a CommunityApiary. The Arboretum's pesticide-free, public green space is an ideal sitefor three producing honeybee hives,and one demonstration hive. GSEIPAfounder, Anaiis Salles is partneringwith Philadelphia County 4-H, PennState Extension, and the PhiladelphiaBeekeepers Guild to design andmanage a thriving, educational apiaryat Awbury’s Agricultural Village.Through this collaborative venture,Awbury and GSEIPA aim to educatethe urban beekeeper, promote the craftof beekeeping, and support thecontinued survival of honeybees.
 
A 4-H Beekeeping Club for youth is also planned with beekeeper and Master Gardener Lorraine Busch.Students will learn abouthoneybees’ vital role in our ecosystem, and discuss themany threats facing coloniestoday. The club will meetindoors and out, using thedemonstration hive to bringconcepts to life.Thanks to our communitypartnerships and new apiary,Awbury looks forward to becoming an accessible hub of Philadelphia beekeepingactivity.For information on classescall 267-325-6869or email gseipa@gmail.com
New Staff and Board Members!
We are pleased to welcome LandscapeManager,
Denis Lucey
to the team, alongwith Administrative Assistants
Ortandia Shepherd
and
Alisha Adams
.Our Board is growing with the excitingadditions of 
Gina Thomas
,
Curtis Wright
,
 Robert Petito, Jr.
,
Kate Flynn
,
BryanHanes
and
Sarah Price
.
 
What’s in 
 
Bloom? 
"We hope friends and neighbors are noting the major cleanupof Awbury's Chew Avenue frontage, thanks to staff andMartin Luther King Day volunteers.
 
We also hope you will visit Awbury's snowdrops - now in bloom about three weeks early - behind the Francis CopeHouse and along the Owl Trail."--Denis Lucey, Landscape Manager 

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