THE GARDEN STORY

Here at Retail Construction Services, Inc., we are dedicated to giving back.

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.
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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.


The RCS Giving Garden

The RCS Giving Garden

7/11/12

A Garden of Helping Hands (or should we say gloves...!)


Back Row L to R:  Nik and Sam
Middle Row L to R:  Jacob, Joe, Quinn, Jackson, Chandler and Deborah
Front Row L to R:  Luke, Ben, Jacques, Blake, Joe, Amara and Sean
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The hands have it...! And wow, did we have many hands in the garden today! Fifteen students from Christ Church’s Summer Stretch Program arrived in the garden this morning along with their instructors. The garden was filled with bright yellow shirts, bright smiles, water bottles, hats and a sea of gloves, gloves, gloves everywhere!

The Summer Stretch group worked on removing the weeds around the base of the tomato plants as well from around other plants in first section of the garden. They harvested beans, sugar snap pea pods and zucchini. We had fun weighing bag after bag after bag of produce while one of the students kept a running total. Everyone was trying to guess how much food they had picked with guesses ranging from 50 lbs to a million pounds!

Drum roll please……..!!! Christ Church Summer Stretch picked 75 lbs of produce today, more than doubling our existing 70.5lbs donated so far this year!

The goal of all of these helping hands (gloves) is so simple... For others to join us in the giving garden, or share the harvest from their own gardens, so that this community will become known as the community that helped eliminate hunger simply by growing gardens.

Thank you to all of the students and instructors who joined us in the garden today - what a great job!  Give yourself a hand!  We look forward to the next time you can join us!

“As you grow older,
you will discover that you have two hands,
one for helping yourself,
the other for helping others.”
– Audrey Hepburn
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