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rban Neighbors is a downtown neighborhood association that is proud to announce a newly installed community garden space. The plot is located near Midtown at 421 Park Place, just west of Hudson and was generously donated by Midtown Renaissance. Shelley Pruitt, Urban Neighbors garden organizer, moved into Downtown OKC in 2007. Pruitt knows what it takes to start a community garden and she’s recruited plenty of volunteers, including the OU Big Event team. Everyone rolled up their sleeves to make short work of the measuring, lifting, hauling and planting required to establish a dozen raised organic beds. “My husband John, my son Luke and I were so committed to this that we donated the starting $1500 and my wonder-

fully talented dad, Roger Evans designed and built the raised beds,” says Pruitt. Operations coordinator for Downtown OKC, Joe Hudson says, “Community gardens create a sense of place among urban landscapes. There are individual, social, environmental and economical befits to community gardens.” Hudson, was among the neighborhood volunteers and shared his expertise in planning raised bed gardens by-the-foot and planting vegetables. “By far my favorite thing about community gardening is that it creates a tangible connection between people and their food source. Once they realize the benefits of local produce, grocery store tomatoes from hot houses in Florida or Texas will never satisfy,” says Hudson. We look forward to sharing sustainably grown food in a community space. Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UrbanNeighbors we’ll be planning work days – so be sure to sign up and volunteer! Soon enough there will be bountiful harvest days too. Thrive Oklahoma

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Thrive Oklahoma Magazine, May/June 2014  
Thrive Oklahoma Magazine, May/June 2014  

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