One local organization plans to hand out thousands of trees next week in hopes of making the community a little greener.
Harrisburg-based Pasa Sustainable Agriculture will give away 10,000 trees to community members for three days on October 21st.rd in Burg.
This giveaway is in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 10 Million Trees Initiative, which aims to plant 10 million trees in the state by 2025.
Ashlee Dugan, development assistant at Pasa, said:
From October 12-21, shop at the Radish & Rye Food Hub on N. 3rd Avenue in Harrisburg and receive a free tree voucher. Vouchers are recommended but not required, Dugan said.
“They do a great job supporting local farms,” Dugan said of Radish & Rye. “We thought it was a natural partnership.”
You can pick up your wood at Pasa’s office at 1631 N. Front St. Harrisburg on October 21 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The organization moved its headquarters to this location about a year ago and sees this project as a way to introduce itself to the community.
Available tree species include smooth alder, service berry, buttonbush, dogwood and sycamore. They are all small saplings, he said Dugan. Community members can take multiple trees.
Since 2018, the program has planted more than 4 million trees, according to the Ten Million Trees initiative website.
Dugan explained the benefits of planting trees for the environment, including reducing erosion, keeping farms healthy, and playing a role in water treatment.
“Trees are one of PA’s greatest assets,” she said.
For more information on Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, please visit their website.
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