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Master Gardener Cathy Allen – Green Ambassador of Maryland with Logan Yearsley (left), Jim Eichhorst, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Agriculture and Manami Brown (far right), Director – 4H Club, with students pledging to service and better their community.

On May 14 the Maryland Green Ambassador, Cathy Allen, visited the 16th Annual Baltimore City 4-H Expo at Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School. Students from all over the city came to learn about Vermiculture (composting with worms), starting their own vegetable, herb or flower gardens by seed, livestock and all things agricultural.

Allen, an award-winning Urban Environmentalist, is the co-creator of G.R.A.S.S. (Growing Resources After Sowing Seed) as well as Chair of the “Grow-It Eat It” campaign. G.R.A.S.S. is an environmental entrepreneurial nonprofit program based on the fundamentals of gardening, agriculture and ecology. In conjunction with Baltimore City Public Schools, Allen’s campaign has planted over a half-million trees on the lawns of Baltimore City public schools.

Beginning on June 4, Allen will begin a bi-monthly column in the AFRO. She will provide readers with her expertise on sustainable methods for healthier living, eco-advantages and innovations, and environmental enterprises. She will also discuss environmental trends, laws, and policies.

Cathy and Secretary Eichhorst teaching students the proper way to plant vegetables.

Participants in the 16th Annual Baltimore City 4-H Expo at Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School.