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Archive for June 22nd, 2008

Our Hope, Our Dream: Brooklyn Centre and Ward 15–A National Wildlife Federation Community

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People have been asking the intent of our Brooklyn Centre Garden Tour today.  One reason is because we firmly believe that understanding our past can help us in the present to shape our future.  Our theme this year is “Ideas, Innovation, and Industry.  Our great city was smack dab in the middle of that in the past and we believe that the time is right for that to happen all over again.

The other reason can be better explained by simply posting the flyer that will be at the event telling everyone what the funds we raise will be  used to do.

And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t say that it is a great way for our community to get together on a project, have a bit of fun, and meet new and interesting people. 



MISSION: To create a sustainable neighborhood through gardening using environmentally sound practices.


To create a safe haven for people and wildlife

To enhance our community of choice by making it a park neighborhood

To reduce our carbon footprint

To share plants, ideas, suggestions, and innovations

To strengthen our assets while overcoming our challenges


We believe that we can achieve our goals quickly and efficiently by becoming a National Wildlife Federation Community. A Community Wildlife Habitat is a community that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community—in individual backyards, on school grounds and in public areas such as parks, community gardens, place of worship and businesses. It is a place where the residents make it apriority to provide habitat for wildlife by providing the four basic elements that all wildlife need: food, water, cover and places to raise young. The community also educates its residents about sustainable gardening practices such as reducing or eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides, conserving water, planting native plants, removing invasive plants and composting. It hosts workshops about gardening for wildlife, and holds community events such as stream or trail cleanups to make the community healthier for wildlife and people alike. A community Wildlife habitat project creates a place where people, flora and fauna can all flourish.


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Written by Gloria Ferris

June 22nd, 2008 at 7:33 am

Posted in Cleveland