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Arrr. Wasteful scallywags be warned: Do not toss ye' withered plants off the plank just yet.

A trio of local green-thumbed pirate re-enactors has recently formed a grassroots organization that nurses injured plant life back to health, then donates the revived shrubs to the underprivileged.

"Our mission is to rescue, revive, recycle, and reuse plants to help low-income families grow roots in their community," said Rasha Wyndsong, a founding member of Py-Radical Roots Rescue.

Despite the their buccaneer-like appearance--the group always dresses up in their Renaissance faire pirate attire during their plantation salvation missions--the Py-Radicals are nothing like the unscrupulous robbers of the high seas that they portray.

"We're being like Robin Hood," Wyndsong said. "We're getting from the rich and giving to the poor. It's the idea of one man's trash is another man's treasure."

The plant rescue group was formed in May when Wyndsong her daughter, Kylie Million and her partner, Rachel Rodriguez stumbled across Home Depot and Wal-Mart employees throwing out slightly spoiled plants. The trio thought the vegetation could be revived.

Wyndsong and her team of do-gooders quickly contacted the store's management about adopting the damaged goods. But their attempt was shot down before it started because both stores share a similar no-giving-out-plants policy.

Now, the Py-Radicals seek plant and gardening material donations from local nurseries and individuals who have soiled items. Once in the group's possession, the plants are nursed back to health at Wyndsong's home garden. When the plants are deemed strong enough, the Py-Radicals contact local service groups and organizations and set up a time and place to deliver the plants to low-income families and programs.

"Being pirate re-enactors, we are always looking for that hidden treasure," Rodriguez said. "This is a chance for us to help spread the wealth, to share with others the bounty of the community in a green way."

According to Wyndsong it's a win-win situation for everyone involved.

The individual or business that makes the donation gets a tax deduction, and the family that receives the rescued plant gets the green feeling only plant life can provide.

"Plants really do bring joy, energy, and life to people," Wyndsong said. "We'd like to see a little happiness spread."

Some of that energy will also come courtesy of a Py-Radical benefit concert, Girls with Guitars, kicking off with a potluck at 6 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Echo Art Space, 431 Leoni Dr. in Grover Beach. Sean Wiggins, Rachel Sedacca, and Jill Knight will follow with a performance at 7 p.m. There's a donation cost of $25 per ticket. Space is limited.

For more information about the Py-Radical Roots Rescue Team or the concert, call 489-4506, e-mail pyrrr@gypsypyrates.com, or visit www.myspace.com/pyradicalrootsrescue.

Staff Writer Kai Beech compiled this week's Strokes and Plugs. Send your business news to rmiller@newtimesslo.com.

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