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

8/10/12

Records Breaking Last Day for the SPIN Students!


L to R:  Jordyn, Emma (in pink), Kathy (Master Gardener), McKenzie,
Matt, Jacob, Lisa, Henry (zucchini head ;) and Megan.
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Megan with Master Gardener Kathy

 What a BEAUTIFUL day to be in the garden, 75 and sunny - perfect weather to be outside. By the time we walked out of our office to meet the kids, they were already in the garden and busy picking produce! We were also joined in the garden by Kathy Luoma, Master Gardener from Washington County.



"Curt the Corn Guy"

We knew our corn might be ready, so Joy had “Curt the Corn Guy” come out to the garden to give a quick lesson on if the corn was ready to pick. Ready indeed! The students picked 35.9 lbs of corn! We noticed a path had been mowed down in the corn indicating that we may have had a larger animal visitor in the corn patch one evening… hmmm, deer perhaps?


Tomatillo's are Ready!

Matt asked if we could show him what a ripe Tomatillo tomato looked like. As we were showing him that they fill out the outside paper covering and it splits at the bottom, he found a bunch that were ripe! This is the first day we have had ripe tomatillo tomatoes! Matt was then able to share and teach the other students what to look for.


Jacob - The Corn King!

We surprised the students with a garden veggie pizza and chocolate zucchini bread to celebrate spending a summer with them. (Click on each food item to bring up the recipe) We talked about the garden, favorite memories, and favorite things to pick and eat. We also dubbed each student as King or Queen of their favorite veggies to pick… See pictures below to see!
Emma - The Broccoli Queen!

Jordyn - The Zucchini Queen!


Matt - The Tomatillo and Eggplant King!

After reminiscing about favorite garden memories, the students headed outside to bring in all of the produce… and guess what?! Today they broke the standing 2012 record! The students picked a whopping 153.9 lbs of food for the food shelf!


Henry - The Pepper King!


McKenzie - The Tomato Queen!

Megan - The Bean Queen!

Once again, we said goodbye to the White and Red school bus for the season. I want to thank Tammy Palmer for bringing these students out each week during the summer and her helpers that have come to the garden, Lisa and Cassandra.


Until next year – we will miss you guys!
Thank you for another GREAT year!

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