GAPPS/ICMA Holds Community Service Day
On Saturday, November 17, 2018, GAPPS/ICMA gathered at Keney Park in Hartford for their first community engagement project of the year. Department of Public Policy graduate students worked with park organizers on the Keney Park Sustainability Project, an urban agricultural center educating the public on urban gardening, wildlife preservation, native plant species and aquaponics systems. Working with Park volunteers, students helped to prepare the greenhouses for winter, including moving and replanting, trimming fresh swiss chard, and preparing temperature control blankets to preserve vegetables. Emily Garfinkel, second-year graduate student and Secretary, GAPPS/ICMA noted “It was a great experience to learn all about urban community partnerships, including Knox, a nonprofit organization fostering local community gardens.” In addition, the students heard about volunteer efforts to engage the community in environmental projects. GAPPS/ICMA plans to build more community partnerships during the academic year to engage DPP students in projects throughout Hartford.