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

6/25/15

The Generous Helping Hands of Andersen Corp.

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Back row (L-R) Scott Thom, Charlie Felmlee, Megan Hogen, Rob Logghe, Craig Jansen, 
Mark Schlicht, Kale Westby, Larry Mollan, Tim Sonsalla
Front row (L-R): Lynn Berry, Randy Schreiner, Vince Radecke, Dan Proulx and Rob Martineau

"You will discover that you have two hands.
One is for helping yourself
and the other is for helping others." 
- Audrey Hepburn 

(L-R):  Rob Logghe, Randy Schreiner
and Charlie Felmlee assembling
one of the picnic tables.
Rob Logghe and Lynn Berry
delivering the picnic tables
The Supply Chain Services Team at Andersen Corp. had a picnic today.  But this was no ordinary picnic!  This amazing group of people made two picnic tables for the youth and volunteers to use at the RCS Teaching Giving Garden.  Can you say Wow!

This partnership with Andersen Corp. goes back to 2010 when they first started volunteering to harvest in this garden.  Twice each fall they have come out with a team to harvest not only produce, but put the weeds that are a package deal with gardens!

Adventure Club Kids "before" the picnic tables
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the summer, youth education lessons are given in the garden.  The kids have either sat on the parking lot curb, or in the grass on blankets for their lessons.  This made it difficult when those lessons involved an activity.

Adventure Club Kids now with picnic tables!
Now with these picnic tables, they will have a place not only for their lessons, but a place to sit and enjoy their cold watermelon after a morning of hard work in the garden!

We are adding a couple of before picnic tables and after picnic tables photos so that you can see just a few of the lives you touched with this gift.  Please see the post that will go up for 06/26/15 with the kids story!


This quote is from one of our Master Gardener teachers, Kathy Luoma:  "I've been teaching groups of kids at the RCS Teaching Giving Garden for a few years and have always thought it would be so nice to have a table or two to sit at while we share our lessons or eat a snack.  Thank you for your generous donation Andersen Corp!  Sure beats the parking lot curb!"

A sincere thank you to this group at Andersen Corp.  These picnic tables are more than a place to sit.
With this season and the seasons to come, they will hold memories of lessons learned, laughter, gross bug and food stories, vegetable tastings, worm composting, hard earned sweat, sticky honey during the honey harvest, lots of garden dirt and oh yes, watermelon stains!

You made such a big difference with this donation, and the kids were very, very happy!

- Contributed by Joni Fletty