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Trees Atlanta Celebrates the Jewish New Year of the Trees
Join Trees Atlanta and Mosaic for a tree planting celebrating Tu B’shvat
ATLANTA, GA, January 30, 2015 – Trees Atlanta is happy to honor Tu B’Shvat with an annual tree planting. This year, bring family and friends to the Poncey-Highland neighborhood for the only Sunday tree planting of the year, on Sunday February 8. There will be a special children’s planting, and hot coffee and snacks through the afternoon.
Since the Atlanta Chapter of Mosaic Outdoor Clubs came into being in 1991, Mosaic began working with Trees Atlanta on annual planting projects. They ‘dug in’ with Trees Atlanta almost as soon as their volunteer projects were beginning to be developed. Greg Levine, Co-Executive Director and Chief Program Officer, became involved when he joined Trees Atlanta in 1995, and has offered plantings almost every year since then, many of these with Mosaic, whose tree plantings have often been made even more festive with pre-planting breakfasts, or the addition of a Tu B’Shvat seder afterwards. Trees Atlanta always brings dozens of trees, and they are planted in spite of cold or rainy weather.
This year marks the third city-wide tree planting for Tu B’Shvat, with participation and support from many synagogues, campus Hillels, youth and adult groups including Mosaic, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Limmud Atlanta + Southeast, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, The Sixth Point, and many more. This year, we are adding a community (veggie-dairy) picnic before the planting, to enhance the spirit of community.
Through the years many organizations have participated, and Trees Atlanta has graciously coordinated efforts with any group wanting to host a planting for Tu ‘Shvat. Mosaic’s presence has been consistent, and continuing. As we approach this year’s planting event, we all salute Levine and all the staff at Trees Atlanta for their dedication, and for keeping the ‘lungs of Atlanta’ healthy and growing.
About Trees Atlanta
Trees Atlanta is a nationally recognized citizens’ group that protects and improves Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating. Since 1985, Trees Atlanta has planted and distributed more than 100,000 trees. Trees Atlanta has an active volunteer corps of 4,500 citizens. For more information about Trees Atlanta, visit www.treesatlanta.org or call 404-522-4097.