Greetings to all our garden supporters! We have some great news to report – on Wednesday, November 7th, employee volunteers from FedEx came out to join our corpsmembers at the East LA Learning Garden for a fantastic day of service! With the support of FedEx, both in funding and in people-power, we were able to build a ranch-style wooden fence along the internal road, create a decomposed granite walking path, excavate the space where an outdoor classroom will be built and construct six wooden benches – all in ONE day!
Our 15-corpsmember New Session crew joined in on the project during their orientation week, providing a great kick-start to their on-the-job training. The “seasoned” corps members provided them with helpful tips and mentoring on using some of the equipment, like the compactor for the decomposed granite walking path. The corps members were impressed with the enthusiasm and hard work of our FedEx volunteers. One corps member commented that it would have taken the crew months to complete the work that was done in just one day. It was a valuable lesson on teamwork!
Our partners at FarmWorks LA also had a community work day in which they built a storage shed for tools and equipment. They will be putting the finishing touches on the irrigation system so that the planting can begin by the end of the month. The project was featured on the Spanish-language station Telemundo 52 in the Los Angeles area (please click the link attached below to view the story).
Thanks to your support, we are on track to hold our Grand Opening for the community in January 2013. Please look out for an invitation to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and community celebration!
For more photos of our work day with FedEx, please use the link below to our Facebook photo album or you can find us at www.facebook.com/lacorps.
Thank you again for being part of this important effort to promote healthy nutrition and green jobs for young people in an underserved community. We look forward to seeing you at the East LA Learning Garden very soon!
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