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      Syracuse Grows kicks off gardening season with resource drive

      Community Garden at Midland Avenue and Bellevue Avenue in Syracuse

      Syracuse Grows held their 5th annual resource drive today at community garden sites throughout the city.

      The drive raises funds, volunteers and supplies, and then those resources are pooled and used for the community gardens throughout Syracuse.

      Jessica Maxwell, Urban Agriculture Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County says that the project has a two-fold purpose. It is used to teach young people interpersonal skills through communal gardening and how to grow their own food.

      The resource drive kicks off the community gardening season in Syracuse.

      Syracuse Grows board member Eric Weissman said that each garden uniquely reflects the neighborhood that it is in, making for a menagerie of choices for neighbors using the gardens.

      Weissman said that community gardening is expanding nationally. ??People have become more interested in where their food comes from,?? he said. ??(These gardens) give families more control over their communities.??

      For more information on Syracuse Grows, community gardening or on how to get involved, visit syracusegrows.org.