Chesapeake Conservation Corp Volunteer Rosenblum Completes Capstone Project

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Environmental Concern Inc. welcomed Zoe Rosenblum, a Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) Volunteer, in August 2014. The CCC program is sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. When the Volunteer agrees to be matched with a Host Organization, they have certain requirements that must be accomplished during the 1 year placement. One of the projects is called the Capstone Project.

Rosenblum applied for a Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini-Grant for her Capstone Project: the design and construction of a Native Plant Seed Propagation and Pollinator Garden for $1249. EC provided $679 of in-kind funding (discount for plants and excavating). This project included the planting of select species that EC propagates for wholesale, retail and restoration purposes. In addition, the garden was planted with species known to benefit monarch butterflies. It also included the construction of solitary bee confinements to help with pollination and integrated pest management. Interpretive signage was also installed to enhance the garden’s use in EC’s educational plant identification courses.

Planting day took place on June 23rd with the help of eight local student volunteers and YMCA counselors. Matthew Crow, beekeeper, was also in attendance to give a talk and demonstration about the apiaries kept on EC’s property.

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