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In Hill District Gardens, Duquesne Students Sow—and Reap—Community Efforts

After the harvest, it's time to clean up and winterize the garden. Duquesne University students from Terra, an academic learning community focused on sustainability and food issues, and the University's ecologically minded service group, Evergreen, will be among the volunteers shouldering this work in the community Martin Luther King Garden and Moultrie Street Garden in Pittsburgh's Hill District.

"Our students, particularly our student leadership, are familiar with the community and student groups have worked here for over 10 years," said Luci-Jo DiMaggio, director of mission animation in Duquesne's Division of Mission and Identity.

Duquesne students volunteer alongside residents and organizations from the Hill District and Uptown, including GROW Pittsburgh, Landslide Farms, Mama Afrika's Green Scouts and others, in this Fall Redd Up effort headed by the Pittsburgh Citizens Against Litter.

"This event fits with the Catholic Spiritan mission of the University first, because of our investment in environmental concerns and the integrity of creation as issues of social justice," DiMaggio said. "Working on an urban community farm that once was an abandoned ball field fits right into that idea.

"Secondly-and maybe more importantly-is the way we go about this work," she continued. "This work is as much about working with those on the margins as it is about the greening aspect. We provide context and education on the issue and the community so students have a clear understanding that we are co-learners and partners."

Where: Martin Luther King Garden, off Kirkpatrick Street, and Moultrie Street Garden (a subset of Landslide Farms) off Moultrie Street and Fifth Avenue in the Hill District

When: Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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