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Lowe Park Orchard sign dedication set for Tuesday

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The City of Marion, in partnership with Trees Forever, Blue Zones Project Marion will be hosting a sign dedication for the Lowe Park Orchard that was planted earlier this spring. The dedication will take place on Tuesday, July 28 at 4:30 p.m. at Lowe Park, 4500 N. 10th Street, in Marion. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

Trees Forever partnered with Transamerica, the City of Marion, Linn County Master Gardeners, and Blue Zones Project in Marion to plant 12 fruit trees during Earth Week. The orchard is located southeast of the greenhouse in Lowe Park and will be maintained by volunteers.

“Blue Zones Project really helped us realize that we need to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables kids are eating,” says Dustin Hinrichs, field coordinator for Marion-based Trees Forever. “Now they have a unique place to not only eat more plant-based foods, but they can also learn about the planting and growing process.”

 Visitors to the orchard will be allowed to pick an apple or a pear, free of charge. The orchard will also serve as an educational tool where the public can learn how plants and trees work together to add beauty, ecological integrity, health, and vitality to homes, schools, farms, and businesses.

Brought to Iowa through an innovative sponsorship by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, in collaboration with Healthways and Blue Zones, Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks.

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