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

6/17/11

Giving Garden Project Board Completed!

Our Project Board was completed today!  Mike Lubarski, a Project Manager at RCS, worked through the afternoon humidity to created this great addition to the garden.  Not only is he an amazing carpenter with bits and pieces of recycled lumber; he has the ability to look at a tiny picture that was emailed to him and come up with this prototype.  ("Mike, could you build this above our irrigation stand?" - guilty party? - Joni...)  Carpentry is an art, and Mike's translation of a tiny emailed photo confirms that.

What ordinary people once made, they buy; and what they once fixed for themselves, they replace entirely or hire an expert to repair, whose expert fix often involves installing a pre-made replacement part.  In this garden we make every effort to reuse, re-purpose, recyle and do by hand.  From the wooden window blinds that became row markers, our recycled garden shed, to this project board.  We will take every opportunity we can, to teach by example, what can be done with materials saved from the landfill. 

We will be utilizing this project board to write our To Do List for garden chores.  Not only will this help our staff of volunteers, but those volunteers from the community who stop by and want to help out.

SPECIAL THANKS to Mike Lubarski, along with a thank you to Mary and Jim!  (more photos below)

Mike Lubarski - Project Manager

Jim Ashbach and Mike Lubarski


Mary Gilbertson and Mike Lubarski

Jim Ashbach and Mike Lubarski
 
Side view of the project board