Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hi Bob I am so very pleased that you were willing to invite Tanja and Jared Vidovic and their supporters to do trial plantings of fruit trees in those three Tampa parks. Coverage of the project in the paper and on-line was glowing! For the eight years that I had a gardening column in The St. Pete Times I could have never imagined that a bay area city would allow and even encourage something so progressive that over the years, as the effort continues and expands, can do much to improve the quality of life for its citizens, especially children. Part of my own childhood in both Michigan and then my native Florida was the joy of picking apples and hazelnuts and pecans and guavas and Surinam Cherries plus citrus from trees growing Tampa children can experience that too. The local gardening community applauds Tanja and Jared for their vision and initiative and tenacity, and we are all grateful that you and the city of Tampa appreciate and support their work. Plus their own very tidy and productive yarden next to Rowlett Park is a lovely asset to their neighborhood and provides food and plants and seeds to quite a few folks. Please accept my sincere thank you for being an open minded and progressive mayor! John Starnes 3212 West Paxton Avenue Tampa FL 33611 813 839 0881

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