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Trees, please

Two Ohio communities got a little “greener” last week.

Thanks to the writing assignments I have for my job at Davey Tree, I know that fall is a good time to plant new trees. But I also have the Tree to thank for two back-to-back traveling opportunities I had last week.

On Monday, a coworker of mine and I drove up to East Cleveland to witness a ceremonial fruit tree planting at the McGregor Home. The nursing home won a grant through Edy’s Fruit Bars Communities Take Root program to receive a new fruit tree orchard. Because McGregor is located within a “food desert,” the new orchard will provide area residents with easy access to fresh, local produce. Davey donated fertilizer and mulch for the trees, which will most likely begin producing fruit as early as next year.

It was great to see so many volunteers involved with the plantings. I even met the program’s chief arborist, from the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, who shared stories about similar plantings he has assisted with in Africa, Brazil and even Alaska. Before I left, a woman who is a resident at McGregor walked up to me and shared her excitement about the new orchard. She wasn’t able to physically help with the plantings, but I could tell she simply enjoyed being present while the volunteers planted the trees.

That afternoon, Elaine and I hit the road for Columbus to attend Keep Ohio Beautiful’s National Planting Day event at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday. Although the weather didn’t hold up that day, the rain clouds cleared up later in the morning to allow Keep Ohio Beautiful and Tolles Career and Technical Center volunteers to plant some perennials the Davey Nursery donated. Davey also donated a redbud tree, which was the centerpiece of a ceremonial tree planting that occurred after a short presentation of speeches and remarks from a U.S. senator and Keep Ohio Beautiful board members, including a Davey Resource Group employee. The wind and rain didn’t stop the event from being successful; in fact, it was great to see so many people dedicated to such a great cause. The perennials will enhance the statehouse grounds and the redbud tree will forever commemorate the purpose of National Planting Day as well as the significance of native plantings.

Sometimes it simply feels good to get away from my desk and witness the responsibilities that other Davey employees have on a regular basis out in the field. And it’s also a good feeling to be part of an organization that cares about its communities.

And with that, happy first day of fall! *cheers, with pumpkin spice latte in hand






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Recycle “instruments for good”

We are not to throw away those things which can benefit our neighbor. Goods are called good because they can be used for good: they are instruments for good, in the hands of those who use them properly. Clement of Alexandria

MermaidIn the spring I posted some tips for going green with your scrapbooks, but it turns out that Earth Day lessons extend into the fall and beyond. Being eco-friendly applies all year long. Remember that before opening the new $5 sheet of fancy stickers you bought the other day.

This post was inspired by an invitation I received to a clambake that took place last week. The printing company that prints materials for the communications department at Davey Tree, where I’m currently interning, hosts a clambake for its clients every year. The food was great, the weather was nice and it was great to spend some time with my co-workers, but the invitation certainly impressed me as well.

I love the color combination, the design, the packaging–everything about it is visually appealing. The poster-sized invitation was delivered rolled up inside a 3-D pyramid box printed with the same design. Upon arrival to the event, we received a free T-shirt folded neatly inside a cute gift box–with the same design. I loved the coordination and presentation of the materials, so why not reuse them for something else?

For now, the invitation hangs on our living room wall because quite clearly its a work of art. Maybe I’ll work on finding a frame for it at some point since masking tape isn’t the most respectable way to display such respectable masterpieces. And when life becomes less hectic (wishful thinking?), I’ll eventually get around to cropping the poster, gift box and invitation packaging to use in my books.invitation

Now that I’ve dedicated an entire post to raving about how much I loved that clambake invitation, get out and find something that inspires you.

T-shirt gift boxThe Benefit: Reusing materials in your books saves money in the long run. Avoid spending money on impulse embellishment purchases when browsing the aisles at the craft store. Instead, save your money to invest in a bigger purchase later on, such as a Cricut machine.

Moral of the story: Keep an eye out for materials you can reuse. Wherever you go. Enhance your layouts with items that may have been forgotten otherwise. It’s not only admirable to reuse items for the sake of saving the environment but also for the sake of your creativity. The possibilities are endless.

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