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Boys & Girls Clubs of North County helps kick off Urban Forestry program in Fallbrook

 

Last updated 1/28/2016 at Noon

Participating in the Urban Forestry program in Fallbrook are, from left, back row, Aaliyah Jackson, Cindy Avelar, Shelley Kuri, Jackie Heyneman, Rolando Rojas; front row, Maddie Guerrettaz, Alexis Mendoza, Juan Mercado, Francisco Leon, Alicia Tomas, Alondra Uribe, and Grace Barclay. Nancy Heins-Glaser photos

FALLBROOK The Boys & Girls Clubs of North County is partnering with Save Our Forest in Fallbrook to implement an Urban Forestry program. This program works with kids as young as 10 years old on weekly projects throughout the Fallbrook community, including weeding and planting in public areas and establishing a community garden.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of North County applied for and was awarded a grant by SDG&E to help with the costs of the program. Through these grant funds, the children who participate in this program will all receive their own gardener’s tool belt, along with various gardening tools to help get them started on their new adventure.

"I was excited and honored when Jackie Heyneman approached me about working together on this program," said Allison Barclay, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County. "A lot of our members really enjoy learning about plants and gardening as well as helping out their community. When we added Jackie’s passion for beautifying the community of Fallbrook, we believe that we had the perfect ingredients necessary to inspire our members to continue the great work that Jackie has begun."

The Urban Forestry program had their first successful outing in January at the Pico Promenade. The program will continue each Monday for six weeks before taking a break and starting back up again in March.

For more information on how to help with this program, contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County at www.bgcnorthcounty.org or call (760) 728-5871.

 

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