Schoolyard Habitats

Our latest article in the Washington Examiner is out today. Read the article online here (Real Estate section - October 12 2007 edition - page 11), or grab the print version at the red street boxes around town today - the article is on R11 (Real Estate section - page 11). It is on the DC School Garden Week that takes place October 15 – 20.

At a meeting earlier this week when I mentioned the School Garden Week activities, someone, who should know better, scoffed at the idea of even the possibility that DC school gardens actually existed. As if all DC schools are built like Alcatraz and there is no available green space in this city. I don't know why, but I took personal offense at this ignorance. Are people really that out of touch? Do they just take as fact the stereotypes they see in gritty inner-city gangsta films and paint all local schools with the same concrete jungle brush? Have they even ventured into the District in the last few decades? DC schools have water gardens, native habitats, veggie patches, woodland walks, big containers filled with annual flowers, and much, much more. Given the dimwitted perceptions out there, I think the upcoming school garden tour and other activities next week should go a long way to reeducating some of these fools.


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