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

5/23/12

Thank you St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center!

Seated - L to R:  Kelly Fossum, Ryan Jerentosky, Elliot Svendsen
Standing - L to R:  Charlie Acker, Jaymen Mihm, Brian Dickie, Jackson Maiers, Max Christenson, Henry Simmons, Kaleigh Dallman, Mary Sullivan, Mitchell Doruff, Tori Desparois, Kelsey Ellis, Josh Anderson
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We received extra photos from the St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center of planting day, which gives us  opportunity to extend another "Thank You" to this great group of young adults.

We are so thrilled and excited that the students have now begun their own garden project!!  You can watch their progress at:  http://scvalc.blogspot.com/  This garden will bring full circle learning... A "Life Lab" of sorts with an opportunity to have hands-on-learning of:

Health & Well Being: Healthy Eating, Cooking, Food Preservation
Agriculture: Crop Rotation, Soil Erosion, Plant Extinction
Environment: Fossil Fuels and Alternative energy, Water Conservation
 Science: Soil Testing, plants, cycles, ecology, weather
Community: Charity, Volunteerism, Commerce

To paraphrase a quote from Rachel Carson:  "For the youth. . . it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early learning are the time to prepare the soil. Once the emotions have been aroused - a sense of the beautiful, the excitement of the new and the unknown, a feeling of sympathy, pity, admiration or love - then we wish for knowledge about the object of our emotional response . . . It is more important to pave the way for youth to want to know than to put them on a diet of facts that they are not ready to assimilate."

Congrats students on your new garden venture, and we look forward to the days that you can join us in the RCS Giving Garden!  You, in turn, inspire all of us!