Created: September 07, 2020 06:52 PM
FARMINGTON, N.M. - The pandemic stumped any plans for Arbor Day, a day dedicated to planting trees, back in April, but San Juan College in Farmington said it's not too late.
“You're planting for the future," said Aissa Thomas, grounds maintenance supervisor at San Juan College. "We're trying to make a world a better place for our children and our future community members,"
The college is giving away trees for free. This is the second year the college has done a tree giveaway, but this year they will be given out through the San Juan College Harvest Food Hub.
“Our mission is to grow the capacity of the local food system by connecting our community to accessible fresh and healthy local food so we work with about ten farmers each week to post their products throughout the region," said Erin Havens, Harvest Food Hub project manager.
Produce can be purchased from the hub's website and free trees will be available Monday, September 7 and September 14. Around 15 types of trees will be available to choose from.
“Trees provide a lot of shade, they provide oxygen, CO2—they are also really good for personal health," Havens said. "There's been some studies on people's emotional well-being in communities that have a lot of trees.”
San Juan College was recognized as a Tree Campus by the Arbor Day Foundation.
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