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Understanding Roots + Shoots

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Chat with D'Real Graham of W/Plants about plants, their natural habitats, and learn about plants that will thrive in low-light built environments. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the district's landscape, consider the value of porous containers, watering, pruning, and propagation tips, in addition to encouragement to evolve their plant care practice through discourse + practice.

Bring your low light plants, concerns, and questions. D'Real will be available to work one-on-one with participants for twenty minutes. Each participant will receive two follow up opportunities in an effort to ensure that plant care practices are able to be brought home.

Tickets: $10

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About your host, D’Real Graham

D'Real is a placemaker and trained youth worker who joined 826DC (2017-2019) to contribute his writing, research, program management and administrative experience to talent development, resource sharing, and education.

Originally from southeast Michigan, D’Real has spent the last thirty months pairing food with mumbo sauce and learning about Go-go music. At 826michigan (2012-2017) he collaborated with Ypsilanti Community Schools leadership to promote intellectual curiosity and risk-taking. 

He has participated in numerous community-focused collaborative projects. From co-facilitating the Ypsilanti Public School/Willow Community School District merger after the 2012 General Election, to executing an award-winning master plan update in one of Washtenaw County’s most economically segregated municipalities, his work has focused on exploring and understanding teamwork through placemaking methods.

With a passion for third-space and equity theory, naps, friendship, in addition to life-long learning, D’Real continues to explore the intersection between dominant worldview and traditional knowledge in his daily walk.  

Through W/PLANTS (@withplantsdc; a black-owned small business focused on ethnobotany and wellness), D'Real is committed to helping folx in the district reimagine their relationship with the natural world.

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