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Edible Forest

A group of 22 goodwill student ambassadors from Wuhan University in the People’s Republic of China will visited Ohio State Marion and Marion’s Sawyer Ludwig Park on Tuesday, July 21st to assist in planting 36 fruit and ornamental trees for the people of Marion and the campus community. The tree planting and cultural exchange is part of the Wuhan To Ohio Summer Program, supported and organized by The Ohio Center for Cultural Exchange (OCCE), a non-profit organization that was established in 2009 and 2010 in order to promote cultural exchange between the USA and China and focuses on teaching leadership and sustainability in local communities. The trees planted were 20th Century Asian pear and a variety of apple trees, such as McIntosh, Lodi, Royal Gala, Red Winesap, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, and Yellow Delicious. The trees on campus are located south of the Library Classroom Building, near the Larry R. Yoder Prairie Nature Center and future home of Ohio State Marion’s Science & Engineering Building. The trees at Sawyer Ludwig Park were planted in an open area on the parks northern border, near Bellefontaine Avenue. OCCE donated $2,250 to cover the expense trees being planted, organized a group of volunteers to plant the trees, and planned a healthful lunch, to be served to the Ohio State Marion and Wuhan University students, faculty, and staff volunteers participating in the tree-planting activities.