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Touching squash

In the 500 block of Laurens St., Tonidra Hackett, 8 (third from left) touches one of the squash plants held by Bill Dawson with the Franklin Park Conservatory from Columbus, OH, that Hackett and fellow second graders from New Song Academy will plant in one of several raised garden beds. More than 32 vacant city lots will be transformed into a community garden today as part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and The U.S. Conference of Mayors nationwide GRO1000 gardens and green spaces program. The City of Baltimore, along with a host of philanthropic partners, will dedicate the Upton Edible Garden that will focus on producing locally grown and healthy food options for area residents. The dedication is the kick-off event for mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's weeklong "Power in Dirt" initiative. Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun
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