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Field of Greens

Field of Greens Community Garden Project was also selected to present at the Tri-State Diversity Conference in Hebron, Kentucky in February 2016.
Field of Greens Community Garden project selected to present at Casey Trees: Livable Communities Conference 2015. We will be presenting on August 8th, 2015. Click here for more information!

UME-PGC and Field of Greens Community Garden welcomes our year 2 AmeriCorps VISTA, please join us in welcoming Bernadett 'Betti' Gregus.Originally from Budapest, Hungary, Bernadett Gregus grew up in New York City, later attending the University of Maryland, College Park and majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Sustainability Studies. She then attended the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies and obtained her Master's Degree in Anthropology of Food. She is lucky enough to return to the College Park area this year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, serving as the Coordinator for Field of Greens Community Garden. She is excited to have the opportunity to work hands-on with a diverse population to learn about and help them achieve their food access and health goals, as well as increasing diversity and the sense of community within the garden. Her greatest educational experience thus far has been an ethnographic trip to the Amazon to study the food habits of a Kayapo tribe, and she hopes to use these experiences to continue her career with opportunities in this vein. We welcome you Betti and know you will do amazing things with Field of Greens Community Garden! Betti can be reached at or via telephone at 301-779-2806 x706.

UME-PGC had the pleasure of hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA VOLUNTEER for the first time this year Esther Gray. Esther served as the Field of Greens (FOG) Community Garden Coordinator and turned a vacant soccer field into a thriving community garden in Riverdale.  It has been a pleasure to have her on our team! We are truly sad to see her leave but wish her all the best in her future endeavors! Esther, Field of Greens would not have happened without you! Thank you for your service!
Casey Trees: Tree Planting 

Staff at the Center for Educational Partnership in Riverdale joined with Casey Trees and many volunteers to plant 38 fruit and nut trees to establish a food forest in the new Field of Greens  Community Garden (FOG). Casey Trees is a D.C  . based non-profit organization that is committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation's capital. We want to extend a special thank you to Casey Trees as well as all the volunteers who participated in this wonderful event.   


Field of Greens Dedication

Several days later, on October 29th, FOG held its dedication program. It was a cold, windy day but spirits were high as Drs. Wei and Wright, along with representatives from the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George's County, MNCPPC, Prince George's County Department of the Environment, Neighborhood Design Center, Riverdale Heights, Riverdale Hills and Crestwood Community Association, Partners of the Suburban Washington Resettlement Center, local politicians (Councilman Eric Olson and Delegate Tawanna P. Gaines), and many of the gardeners enjoyed a great feeling of satisfaction at making this dream come true for refugees from many countries. Americorps VISTA volunteer Esther Gray has been working for UME for 11 months to make this garden a reality-We know that the garden expansion will continue in the capable hands of our new Extension Coordinator at Riverdale, Michelle Nelson, and a new VISTA volunteer who will start work in late winter. 
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