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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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St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center Students Return!

St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center Students at work
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We have missed the St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center Students since they started their own garden last year.  So today was a joy to have them return.  Tom Wendt and Karla Mclaughlin brough out several students during both a morning visit and an afternoon visit. 

Here is a summary of the day from Tom Wendt:

"In the am we mainly just picked tomatoes. We harvested 270 pounds of tomatoes. We pulled up the planted and made a large pile of the vines at the end of one of the rows and also pulled the support stakes and put those in a pile as well.

In the pm we harvested squash (summer and winter), some eggplants, tomatios (sp), and picked dry beans for the seeds. we pulled up the corn and squash plants and made piles of those as well and pulling support stakes. Then we ate some raspberries which were still very good. I will send you the wieght sheet for the pm because Karla took that to add up the different amounts.

We went to Valley Outreach after the pm session and donated what they would take. I had Kelci come out to the bus and look first because I didn't know if they could use or would want  all the green tomatoes. She felt they couldn't use that many.

I will get the pm totals and the Valley Outreach receipt from Karla some time today. The students aren't ready for winter. But they worked hard, even with snowflakes in the air.

It was good to be back over to the Giving Garden again!"

And from Karla:

"We are SO glad to help out! Between your garden and our school garden we have harvested a lot of food to help people in need.  It REALLY is a great feeling to know working together we have all made a difference in the community.   Thanks for the creative idea and the motivation to get our garden started."
Some of the tomatoes that were still green were taken back to the high school.  They were going to do different ripening experiments!

Thanks again St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center for your work on such a COLD day!  We look forward to partnering with you this next year!

- Contributing Writer - Joni Fletty