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RPHS student wins gardening honor

Elizabeth Rassi, a senior at Rex Putnam High School, won first place in the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs' high school essay contest last month.

Her essay, 'The Benefits of Community Gardens,' discussed how the nation's 1,800 community gardens are all different in size, shape and complexity, and are shared by many different people from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds.

'These gardens have one of the biggest sustainable impacts on our earth because of their locally, naturally and inexpensively grown food,' she wrote. 'The more America puts emphasis on building community gardens, the more we will reap the benefits of their success...The result of planting gardens in our communities makes it easier for people to access healthy, non-expensive, locally grown food.'