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.

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


Spring Has Sprung!

White has been replaced by green...finally!  

Our apple and pear trees are blossoming, our new beehive is steadily flowing with honeybees doing their thing, and the Junior Master Gardeners have been out to the garden to plant our squash/cucumber/pumpkin seed crops for a headstart in the greenhouse.  The kids also helped amend the soil in one of our raised beds with loose soil mix and compost and then planted radish seeds. They will be surprised to see their growth when they return this week.

The volunteer calendar is filling up with kids throughout the summer!  We sure do need harvest helpers later in the season!  Please contact Kathy Luoma at if you are interested.  Thank you!


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

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.



RCS Giving Garden 2017
2,590 pounds of produce donated to Valley Outreach
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 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