|Andersen Employee's and their 180.3 pound harvest!|
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.
|Sylvia and Natalie and the conquered weeds!|
Thank you so much gals for your volunteer time and uncovering our turnips and Asian Greens!
|Hauling the weeds to the woods!|
|Andersen Corp employee who came for harvest, stain|
the picnic tables they previously donated,
and built benches!
Andersen Corporation employees came and stained the picnic tables they donated earlier this year, and also assembled and donated 2 outdoor benches to the garden!
This will allow the students a place to sit when they are being taught about gardening in the Giving Garden. They enjoyed giving of their time on a pretty warm day.
30 lbs was picked and brought to Valley Outreach.
Thank you so much for your continued support in our garden.
Green Apple Day of Service is coming soon! Green Apple gives youth, parents, teachers, school staff, companies, and organizations the opportunity to help transform all our schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places through community-based service projects in stewardship to the earth.
Join USGBC-MN and our Green Apple partner Retail Construction Services, Inc. (RCS) for our MN GREEN APPLE 2015 challenge - School Gardens. What if every student learned how to grow food? What would be the impact? With the help of RCS, we’re launching planting and composting projects in schools for Green Apple Days of Service. Help us plant the seed of stewardship with MN students! Take the school garden challenge and sponsor a gardening lesson today. Celebrate GREEN APPLE 2015 with us!
Get inspired by the full story here and learn more about becoming involved.
|Victoria, our 2015 Assistant Teacher in the Teaching Giving Garden|
Have you ever seen a pebble dropped in a pond or a lake? It sends out ripples that keep expanding out further and further, eventually reaching all the way to the other side.
Like a pebble hitting the water, every action we do in this world makes a difference.
You are like that pebble in our Teaching Giving Garden...
|A Time for Me tots in the Teaching Giving Garden one last time!|
On their last visit, I promised them that the next time they joined me the corn would tower over their heads, and were we ever right! Twisting off ripe ears of corn along with cucumbers, squash, beans, peppers, tomatoes and eggplant were some of the harvesting highlights of the day!
We identified holes and brown spots and chew marks in leaves and fruit. It’s amazing what insects one notices when getting down to the level of a four year-old! In addition to the bugs mentioned above, wasps, bumblebees, slugs, grasshoppers and ants caught our eyes’ attention! We can’t forget to mention the darling amphibian green tree frog friends we found along the way as well.
This coming week, with the fast approaching school year, our youth educational lessons will come to an end. It is during this time of year, and until the garden ceases to yield, that this Teaching Giving Garden reaches out to our corporate partners and community volunteers to help with the harvest the bounty and taming the weeds.
Joy from our office shared the story of this Teaching Giving Garden to acquaint these new volunteers with not only its story, but its purpose. She also introduced them to the weeds that needed to part ways with the veggies they were invading! Keeping up with weeds in an organic garden is an on-going task, but one that also allows you to connect with nature, get your hands dirty, and enjoy the outdoors.
Joy shared that ... "we weeded in the first section of the garden. The sun was high, the breeze felt wonderful and we spent time discussing the garden, the produce and where it goes."
"These volunteers also volunteer at Valley Outreach, the same food shelf where all of our produce is donated, and that is how they found out about us. After weeding we took the weeds out back to the weed pile in the woods. They really cleaned up the section they were in. Many helping hands makes the job go faster and the outcome looks great!"
RCS Teaching Giving Garden recognized as Green Apple Inspiration! Click link to read full story!
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|Addie, aspiring beekeeper!|
|The Fume Board Stinks!|