THE GARDEN STORY

Retail Construction Services, Inc. is dedicated to giving back.

We give back not only to those in need within our community, but also the future generations of this wonderful community. What started out as a great idea has grown exponentially and has become an amazing reality. Here at the RCS Giving Garden, school groups, master gardeners, corporate volunteers, and our own employees work together for the common good of teaching children the art of gardening and the importance of healthy eating. Click Here for Full Story.

LOCATION:
Retail Construction Services, Inc.
11343 39th Street N.
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

From HWY 36 - go south on Lake Elmo Ave, turn left onto 39th Street, garden is at corner of 39th and Laverne.
From HWY 5- going west from Stillwater take right onto Laverne (near Fury dealership) garden is on the right at corner of Laverne and 39th street.

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The RCS Giving Garden

The RCS Giving Garden

4/13/18

Spring is Here???

The snow is falling yet again on April 13th yet gardening is always on my mind!
The RCS Giving Garden may be covered in white but will burst with color and possibilities before we know it.

Picture of RCS Giving Garden in the Winter


Please see our calendar to volunteer.  If you wish to sign up yourself, your family or a group, please contact Washington County Master Gardener Kathy Luoma at 612-819-5061 or email kluoma@scoutsft.com


Picture of the RCS Giving Garden in the winter


Are you starting seeds at home in anticipation of the garden season?  Click here for more information from the University of Minnesota Extension.


11/21/17

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RCS Giving Garden 2017
2,590 pounds of produce donated to Valley Outreach
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a few hundred more pounds taken home by garden volunteers!

The 2017 garden sure was a good one!  We harvested weekly through the third week of October.  The next week, the RCS staff finished cleaning up the garden, and the week after that IT SNOWED!  Winter weather sure came quickly!  Of course, garden work never really dies or goes away.  Sixty middle-schoolers from the Stillwater area gave us their time on November 3rd for a Community Education Day of Service and helped us make 288 feet of homemade seed tape for the 2018 garden!  And so it begins!

Please consider volunteering yourself or a group in 2018!  
Contact Kathy Luoma, Master Gardener for Washington County at 612-819-5061 or kluoma@scoutsft.com for more information.

I leave you with FALL PHOTOS of our fabulous volunteers in action!  We are grateful for each and every one of you!

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Submitted by Kathy Luoma, MGWC

8/23/17

8/16/17
A Celebration of Produce!
820 pounds donated so far!
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Its that time of year when our volunteer groups of kids start leaving us as they prepare to go back to school.  We love the energy and curiosity they bring to the garden and will miss them dearly!  We particularly like to THANK our Adventure Club and Spin kids from the Stillwater Area School District who come out every Monday to help us out with anything and everything!  We celebrated Monday by making Veggie Pizzas with the kids with produce they picked.  These pizzas were topped with tomatoes, summer squash, mixed peppers, beans, broccoli, carrots and herbs. Freshest pizza we could ever eat. It was delicious, AND, we still harvested and donated 105 pounds of produce to Valley Outreach!

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More photos from our Monday in the garden

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