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By Leiloni De Gruy, 01/30/2022

NFL Green Gives back to Inglewood

NFL Green began Super Bowl LVI community greening projects in the City of Inglewood last fall by planting 56 trees at Edward Vincent Jr. Park.
To conclude Green Week events, NFL Green came back to Inglewood on Saturday, January 29th, to partner with SJLI and the City for the Queen Park Garden Improvement Project.
Joining us were a diverse group of community members, volunteers, fraternities, sororities, high school and college students, and local organizations.
The power of togetherness led to the revitalization of the neighborhood garden and the creation of a safe space for children to play, learn and grow nutrient-rich foods for themselves and their community.
With SJLI’s Health Equity team leading the way, volunteers replaced soil, planted 20 raised garden beds, planted camphor trees, painted picnic tables, benches and planter boxes, and both cleaned and beautified the playground.
Offerings in the updated garden space will include gardening, cooking and composting classes.
When the new signage arrives, our community will also have access to educational information about the garden and upcoming events like harvesting days.
As a community partner that was tasked by the City of Inglewood to build the garden nearly 10 years ago—part of our 100 Seeds of Change program that led to the build of 126 urban gardens in South Los Angeles—SJLI will continue its partnership by overseeing the space and using it for classes and activities.
Local community members will be with us along the way learning and helping to maintain the garden, which currently boasts spinach, lettuce, peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, artichokes, herbs, flowers and California native plants.
When the vegetables are ready, those same people who have worked with us to put shovels to dirt will have a chance to take them home and make nutritious meals for their families and neighbors.
“Alone, we can do so little. Together, we can do so much.”
A quote from Helen Keller that certainly rings true as we come together to build a stronger Inglewood.

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