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Awbury Arboretum initiates community partnerships in the Northwest
February 8, 2012
By Meg Frankowski for NewsWorks
"After a period of reflection on how to boost Awbury Arboretum as a community hub, members of the Awbury Arboretum recently asked: 'What is our greatest asset?'
Beth Miner, manager of outreach and community engagement at Awbury, says the answer is the 55-acres that the group owns. The arboretum, located in Germantown at One Awbury Road, hosts educational and service learning programs year-round, specifically in urban agriculture.
Faced with a shrinking budget, Awbury is connecting with local neighborhood associations to form partnerships.
'There are other non-profits who are looking for a space to host their projects," said Miner, "and we want to link up with them, hear their ideas, and produce real community activity.'
With new bee-keeping, micro-farming, theater, and environmental programs in the works, the group is working towards its goal to make Awbury a community-centric place."
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