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Capitol Garden Gets Fruit Trees



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
First in the ground, a plum tree. First Lady Shriver calls this a teachable garden, especially for school kids who visit.
 
Maria Shriver: And when they walk in to that Capitol, they go by this garden.

Next in the ground -- almond, apricot and cherry trees. California Food and Agriculture secretary AG Kawamura says the Capitol garden is an example of how convenient a garden can be.
 
AG Kawamura: People are starting to recognize more and more that food comes from a lot of different places and it can come from our own neighborhood and our own backyard.

As backyards go, the Capitol grounds have become a gardening classroom. The anniversary celebration sets the stage for corporate sponsor Jamba Juice to announce grants so Sacramento schools can fund their own gardens. The harvest from the WE garden will feed the homeless and needy families. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, in shirt sleeves, sees the Capitol’s garden as part of the greening of Sacramento.
 
Johnson : It makes sense, it’s health, it’s fitness, it’s preserving the environment. And then you pick it and harvest and feed the homeless, that’s a win, win, win for everyone.

The grove is open to all. It’s on the east side of the Capitol.   
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