April 22, 2016
Today we are putting the spotlight on a platoon that cares for the earth year-round. The Washington D.C. 4th Service Platoon has aligned its mission to be in support of National Park Service (NPS), which preserves natural and historical resources for this and future generations to enjoy. For their special Earth Day project, the D.C. 4th Platoon is teaming up with NPS and platoon supporter, Boeing.
The project will take the back to the community gardens in Fort Dupont Park in Southeast D.C. The platoon’s goal is to cultivate this area and increase accessibility so more neighbors can gather together to enjoy fellowship, grow produce, and educate community youth on how sustainable gardening can reduce poverty and enrich the environment.
The DC 4th platoon working to help our national parks
Volunteers will be helping with garden accessibility, bee farm reclamation, garden beds, fencing, planting, and more. With so many facets of the garden getting attention, there will be a variety of tasks available to volunteers of all ages.
This park has a rich Civil War history and once served as a safe place of refuge for runaway slaves on their way to Washington. The garden once provided more than 230 plots for community members and organizations to achieve physical, mental, spiritual and social health. The platoon did their part to restore and renew this park last summer, but there is still much work to be done!
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