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Green Group Extends Reach For Good Cause

Westport's homegrown organization the Green Village Initiative is moving beyond town lines to help make a difference in Bridgeport, GVI Co-Founder Dan Levinson told a crowd at the Sherwood Island Nature Center on Thursday night.

Next Wednesday, Aug. 25, members of GVI will break ground in Bridgeport to help build a community garden.

"Bridgeport is a big deal," Levinson told the crowd. "In Bridgeport, it's not about raising awareness: It's about feeding people."

Launched in the fall of 2008, GVI has worked on numerous projects around town, including the creation of the Staples High School edible garden, the Wakeman Town Farm and Sustainability Center and the Westport Senior Center Garden, among others.

Although the group is focused on making Westport a model community in sustainability, GVI is set on planting roots in other communities with hopes of moving toward a more sustainable future.

"We started with Westport because we believe in local," Levinson said. "Now, Westport has become a stepping stone. There's a new GVI in Ridgefield, and we're working on one in Fairfield. If we can have three towns cranking and collectively focusing on Bridgeport, we can create an effective model there."

Creating a community garden in Bridgeport is only step one. In September, GVI is looking to create a garden on the green near the children's library. And in the spring, GVI hopes to break ground on a larger-scale project.

To learn more about GVI, visit its website .

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