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Area Scouts help build neighborhood garden

7/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON — Boy Scout Troop No. 1, of First Baptist Church, and Girl Scout Troop No. 90605, of Our Lady of the Elms, worked with residents of a cul-de-sac on Brookshire Road to transform a vacant lot owned by the city of Akron into a neighborhood garden recently.

The group used a grant from the Akron Community Foundation Neighborhood Partnership Program, applied for through the city by the residents, and planned for the project with help from Akron City Councilwoman Marilyn Keith (D-Ward 8), Keep Akron Beautiful’s Paula Davis and Adam Staller, of the city of Akron Engineering Department, according to Laura Richardson, who co-led the Girls Scouts with Susie Kushner Benson.

Jeremy Gensel, a senior at Firestone High School, and his fellow troop members created 14 raised garden beds using cedar, filled the beds with organic soil, built benches and mulched the area. Hartville Hardware and Graf Growers provided supplies for the gardens, according to Richardson. Jeremy earned his Eagle Scout rank through this project, according to Richardson.

Pictured above are some of the members of Boy Scout Troop No. 1, led by Steve Myers, with the finished beds.

The flowerbed was planted by the Girl Scouts, shown below, from left: Alexis Armstrong, Amanda Lewis, Natalie Isaacs, Abigail Richardson, Kathryn Coughlin, Zoe Zelch and Abby Kushner-Benson.

The Brookshire Community Gardeners, who have planted individual family gardens, will tend to the new gardens, according to Richardson.

Photos courtesy of Laura Richardson

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