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The final winning entry comes from the University of California – Berkeley. The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides assistance for projects that reduce UC Berkeley’s impact on the earth and make it more sustainable. The photo submitted depicts the composting tea process, UC Berkeley’s Botanical Garden’s main effort to stop using chemical fertilizers and fungicides. The system builds soil health, acts as fertilizer and provides beneficial microorganisms that suppress or eliminate pathogenic fungal problems.

These winning entries help visualize how everyday gardeners can and do create positive impact. From family gardens in backyards to school gardens in which everyone can participate, gardens are being used in innovative ways to teach, empower and feed. It proves that you don’t have to be in Kenya to be a Change Agent gardener.

Do you believe in the power of gardens? Support ROOTZ Rising by purchasing a t-shirt from Love + Water. Half of the $20 purchase price goes to build school gardens in Africa. Reco Jeans, a clothing company dedicated to using recycled materials, is also selling the shirt and will donate $5 extra to ROOTZ for every shirt sold!

Yes, gardens are simple. But wow, can they do a lot!

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3:37AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Nice post! Very informative and full of sense. I like it very much. Thank you!

2:15PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

change the world a garden at a time

6:08AM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

I try hard to grow veggies and fruit with little success. Too much shade in yard and hate to cut down trees. I compost.. Pickup bagged grass and pine straw to mulch that others are throwing out. I plant bushes..trees..perenniels that wildlife can eat. A wonderful thing about gardeners is that we share. Im happy to divide perennials for others to share. I also spread seed or plant a bulb or two in community.

3:47AM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Gardens are good for body and soul, good for the family and the community.

2:01PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Unfortunately I can't have a garden, because I am renting and only have a balcony. I do grow a few plants, such as tomatoes, potatoes and herbs, but it's difficult because of the high winds we get. I have been saving all my teabags and emptying them into my soil.

8:09PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Nice to see all the entry examples of youngsters involved in gardening again. For too many years that has been sorely neglected in our society. When children experience first-hand the toil & joy of growing garden produce, they remember & realize their connection to Mother Earth. That can only lead to a more healthy, cared for world for us all!!!!

5:09PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

i really love the first entry. I think it's awesome how guests leave with a bag of organic produce (rather than common things as gifts)!

8:10AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Gardens are good for the soil and the soul!

6:08AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Dear Friends, There are a lots of varieties that you can choose

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