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

8/20/15

"What I spent, I had; what I saved, I lost; what I gave, I have.”

– Author Unknown

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.

The Teaching Giving Garden welcomed four amazing volunteers to the garden today.  Kaeli Murphy and Natalie Zinn (juniors at Stillwater High School) and Mariah Johnson (a senior at Stillwater High School) along with Sylvia Ivey Zinn,

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!"

Thank you Sylvia, Kaeli, Natalie and Mariah for helping us win the war on weeds!