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.
See what else RCS and the Giving Garden are up to:
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.
|L to R: Kris Landis, Shanna Conard, Stephanie Claugherty, Britt Osterhues, Courtny McCann|
Not Pictured: Leah Terres, Taylor and Charlie
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|A lesson on dragon carrots|
|Harvesting Edamame beans|
|Weighing in the harvest!|
4 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Back row: Kelly Heuer, Steve Kirby, Master Gardener Mary Green,
Charlie Garrett, David Jones, Casey Arends, Dane Durch, Kurt McMahon
Front row: Aaron Johnson, Jon Ellefson
I was glad to reconnect with an old friend and meet new ones. Many, many questions and horticultural conversations were discussed from tomatoes to planting trees to planning prairie restorations. Weeds were removed in quick order and 31.9 lbs of produce were donated to Valley Outreach food shelf.
The common thread to all we discussed and did wound around life long exploration and learning and the idea of Permaculture: "The conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Planning for future generations.
|Spin Kids in the garden on Pajama Day!|
|Basil cuttings with |
|Inside of a Dragon carrot vs. a regular carrot!|
- Contributing Writer - Master Gardener Phyllis
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