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    Default Vote for Bloomington to win an orchard

    If you have the time and inclination, please consider voting for Bloomington to be one of the cities to receive a free orchard from Edy's Fruit Bars and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF.)

    http://www.communitiestakeroot.com/Plant/Index

    We're in the first voting period right now, and we're locked in a heated battle with Flagler County Florida for first place. Voting lasts until April 30. You can vote once a day. You will have to provide an email address to vote.

    Thanks for your support.

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    I voted for Bloomington. I'd love to see this as I pass by on my way to work!

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    Done. Thanks for the heads up!
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    Done.

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    2,896 and counting.....

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    2,920 as of my vote.

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    Default Re: Vote for Bloomington to win an orchard

    Bunnell, FL got a huge surge in voting.

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    Default Re: Vote for Bloomington to win an orchard

    Quote Originally Posted by cgg View Post
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    Bunnell, FL got a huge surge in voting.
    Recount!!!


    Fortunately, the top 5 in each voting period receive an orchard, so Bloomington is still in good shape. Keep those votes coming in though.

    Thanks everybody!

    UPDATE: This link will save you one click:

    http://www.communitiestakeroot.com/P...ex/185?brand=0
    Last edited by Dab; 03-20-2010 at 04:59 PM. Reason: Addendum

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    3972 Flagler County: DJJ Community Garden, Bunnell, FL
    3896 City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, Bloomington, IN
    2096 City of Kendallville, Kendallville, IN

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    1. 4905 votes - Bloomington!
    2. 4026 votes - Bunnell, FL
    3. 2354 votes - Kendallville, IN
    4. 2227 votes - Conklin, NY
    5. 2192 votes - Middleton, WI
    Last edited by tsm612; 03-22-2010 at 01:03 AM.

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    http://www.communitiestakeroot.com/P...ex/185?brand=0

    Just voted, Bloomington is still in first, but Broome County NY is moving up fast

    7,270 votes
    CITY OF BLOOMINGTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
    Bloomington, IN

    6,489 votes
    COMMUNITY HUNGER OUTREACH WAREHOUSE (BROOME COUNTY COUNCIL OF CHURCHES)
    Conklin, NY

    5,352 votes
    FLAGLER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE COMMUNITY GARDEN
    Bunnell, FL

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    I added mine.
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    But they never had much use for me
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    A friendly bump...Bloomington is in the lead at this time, but not by much

    http://www.communitiestakeroot.com/P...ex/185?brand=0

    Bloomington 13,965
    Conklin NY 13,757
    Bunnell FL 6,425

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    UPDATE: Bloomington is a neck-and-neck battle with Broome County NY for first place, but as the top 5 communities each voting period will receive an orchard, we are in very good shape with just two weeks left in the first voting period.

    Still though, we would appreciate your vote if you can spare the time and the sharing of an email address with Edy's Fruit Bars...

    Many thanks for all votes past and future

    http://www.communitiestakeroot.com/P...ex/185?brand=0

    Here's the voting as of Sunday April 18 2:56 PM

    68,838 votes
    COMMUNITY HUNGER OUTREACH WAREHOUSE (BROOME COUNTY COUNCIL OF CHURCHES)
    Conklin, NY


    68,745 votes
    CITY OF BLOOMINGTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
    Bloomington, IN

    17,206 votes
    CITY OF KENDALLVILLE
    Kendallville, IN

    13,769 votes
    ALPHA RESOURCE CENTER
    Santa Barbara, CA

    10,202 votes
    FLAGLER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE COMMUNITY GARDEN
    Bunnell, FL

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    It's official, Bloomington has won an orchard! We lost out on 1st place to Broome County, NY, but the first five each month receive an orchard, so it's all good. Thanks everybody!

    However, if you'd still like to get your vote on, please consider voting for the Yurok Tribe of California.

    http://www.communitiestakeroot.com/P...ex/225?brand=0

    The Yurok reservation has an 80% poverty rate, and 70% are without phone or electricity, a serious impediment in an internet voting contest. If you have a moment, please use the link above to vote for the Yuroks.

    The contest has added an extra "layer" of vote confirmation...in addition to entering a captcha code, you must verify your vote via email. Thanks again

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    Default Re: Vote for Bloomington to win an orchard

    Thanks again to everybody that voted and helped Bloomington win (going away) an orchard from Edy's Fruit Bars. If interested, you can track the progress of the Bloomington Community Orchard on Facebook at

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=350794285870

    If I may bug youl once again, the Bloomington Community Orchard is in the running for a $20,000 grant from Tom's of Maine. This is just a month-long contest (voting runs from now until September 10) and the top 5 communities will receive a $20K grant each.

    If Bloomington wins, the grant will be used to hire an intern, build an eco-friendly shed, create wheelchair-accessible pathways, buy tools, and finally, plant more fruit trees!

    If you can, please vote for Bloomington at

    http://www.tomsofmaine.com/community...oll.srv?id=205

    You can vote once a day until September 10. If there are two (or more) people in your household, each can cast a vote a day, but they would have to use different browsers. There is no email confirmation (and hence you don't have to provide your email addy.)

    Thanks much!
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    Default Bloomington wins again!!

    Thanks to everybody that voted!! Bloomington is two for two as we have won a $20,000 grant from Tom's of Maine for our new community orchard!

    Also, congrats to the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Foundation in Indianapolis, which was also one of the five winners nationwide.

    Bloomington Community Orchard wins $20,000 from Tom’s of Maine

    H-T and Associated Press report

    The Bloomington Community Orchard has won $20,000 in a contest by natural products company Tom’s of Maine.

    The company tallied nearly 100,000 online votes as part of its annual “50 States for Good” initiative. Kappa Delta Pi Educational Foundation in Indianapolis is also among the five winners, selected by voters from the company’s finalist list of 41 nonprofit groups.

    “Winning the grant will allow us to make our vision of a publicly-owned volunteer-run orchard a reality. Specifically with this money, we’re going to make all our pathways wheelchair accessible, so everyone can enjoy. Additionally, we’ll be purchasing additional fruit trees, filling out the entire orchard. With a full orchard, we’ll be able to contribute to increased food security within our local community and we’ll be able to educate people on the importance of organic food and how they can grow it in their own backyard. Thank you to everyone at Tom’s of Maine and our entire community who voted for our cause,” Amy Countryman, treasurer of the orchard, said in the announcement.

    In May, the local orchard won 20 fruit-bearing trees from a program called “Communities Take Root,” offered by the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, a California-based nonprofit organization, and Edy’s Fruit Bars.

    The trees, which will produce organic fruit, are expected to be planted in a section of the Winslow Wood park in the 2000 block of Highland Avenue.

    Kappa Delta Phi Educational Foundation, made up of teachers, professors and college students studying to be teachers, will use its prize money to fund its Literacy Alive! Program, which encourages lifelong learning through literacy for not only K-12 students but also adults.

    “Receiving the award makes a huge difference for KDP’s Literacy Alive! national service initiative and the thousands of students it serves. We are very grateful for Tom’s of Maine support and our strong base of skilled collegiate and professional educators who organize and deliver the local programs. Being volunteer-driven means that each $100 invested in Literacy Alive! supports direct interaction with 250 students,” Barbara Richardson, KDP Educational Foundation director, said in the announcement . . .

    http://heraldtimesonline.com/stories...qp-6284770.sto
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