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Gearing up for Earth Day, Knox Inc. asks people to get their hands dirty

Knox is currently involved in 21 community garden projects as well as several urban farming programs all around Hartford.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Knox Inc., the 55-year-old organization that uses horticulture as a catalyst for community engagement is especially busy this week.

“Earth Day is here,” said Maria Burke, the director of advancement and communication at Knox Inc.

She said Earth Day further amplifies the Knox message and also provides a strong platform to launch new beautification projects across the Hartford area.

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Ashley Stewart, the Director of Programs at Knox, was busy helping volunteers with projects inside the greenhouses at their urban farming location on Laurel Street in Hartford and made it clear that volunteers are the backbone of their beautification business. 

“We are encouraging folks to get out to volunteer, to get their hands in the dirt and give back, said Stewart.

She added that Knox is currently involved in 21 community garden projects as well as several urban farming programs all around Hartford.

“There’s a lot of amazing things happening here,” she said.

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With spring projects now taking flight, Stewart said now is an opportune time to learn more about Knox’s initiatives.

“Folks have been hibernating, so to speak, because of Covid and folks are really looking forward to getting out socializing and this is the perfect time to do it.

Burke then added, “it’s a nice day to give back and have fun and be out in the sun.”

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To learn more about Knox Inc. and to volunteer for any of their programs click www.knoxhartford.org

Jimmy Altman is a reporter at FOX61 News. He can be reached at jaltman@fox61.com. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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