EDIBLE FOREST 6th WARD GARDEN PARK AWARDED $350 IN TOOLS FROM THE AMES COMPANIES, INC. TO BEGIN GROUNDWORK THIS SUMMER

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HELENA, MONTANA – JUNE 1, 2015

EDIBLE FOREST 6th WARD GARDEN PARK AWARDED $350 IN TOOLS FROM THE AMES COMPANIES, INC. TO BEGIN GROUNDWORK THIS SUMMER

Helena will become the first city in Montana to plant an edible urban forest ecosystem right in the heart of town.  The visionary efforts begun by Caroline Wallace and Jessica Peterson of Inside Edge Design are based on sustainable, ecological gardening principles promoted by Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens.  The Helena Garden Club is excited to see this vision become a reality after 4 years of planning.  The groundbreaking for the upcoming educational and edible food forest at the 6th Ward Park Garden began in May.  To assist in the process, the Helena Garden Club applied for a new grant through the National Garden Clubs for garden tools from AMES Company.

The AMES Companies (AMES) has been making high quality tools since 1774.  This American company awarded $350 worth of tools to the Helena Garden Club for the project including shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows.  The Helena Garden Club will dedicate these tools to the 6th Ward Garden Park, 1235 Bozeman Ave (just east of the HATS terminal) in Helena, Montana on Saturday, June 6th at 11 am in celebration of National Trails Day and to kick off National Gardening Week.  The celebration will be part of a workday from 9 to 2 pm. The workday will focus on building 5000 SF of new soil for ground between and delineating park trails. The new soil will be created by sheet mulching using the AMES tools including two wheelbarrows and tools for moving wood compost, manure, and wood shaving horse bedding into place.   Visit the 6th Ward Garden Park web site for further details at http://6thwardgardenpark.com/.  The AMES tools will be used by the many hard working garden volunteers to create and maintain this noteworthy garden for years to come.

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