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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2008     

Calling all Gardeners! The Discovery Garden Needs You

Project Discovery, a college preparatory program for City youth, is recruiting volunteers to assist students with the Discovery Garden, an educational organic vegetable garden at Chinquapin Gardens adjacent to T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. Every Wednesday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m., students hold a Garden Party where they plant, pick, prepare and eat something from the garden. Experienced gardeners are invited to join in the activities and offer tips for successful growing. 

The community garden offers educational and cultural programs that are open to the public throughout the summer. In the fall, the garden will be used to provide hands-on learning to students in biology, culinary arts, and other subjects. All excess produce is donated to the local food bank as part of "Plant a Row for the Hungry," an initiative that encourages people to grow produce for needy persons in the community.

Project Discovery also needs volunteers to water the garden during the weekends. Donations of garden equipment are also welcome.

Project Discovery is a college access program operated by the Department of Human Services at T.C. Williams and Minnie Howard schools for low-income and/or first-generation college-eligible students. For more information or to volunteer with the Discovery Garden or Project Discovery, contact Lorien MacAuley at 703.838.0743, e-mail lorien.macauley@alexandriava.gov or visit www.pdalex.blogspot.com.