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.
We harvested 32 pounds of produce. The produce wasn’t the only topic on our minds this morning. Remembering the victims and families of 911, the firefighters and law enforcement, and the impact it made on America 14 years ago was also on our minds this beautiful sunny morning.
A "Thank You" goes out to the lovely ladies that spent their morning with us.
|A.J. Moses uncapping the honey to extract!|
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The honey from our 2nd hive cannot be harvested due to our very upward moving Queen Bee! Apparently, she somehow got past the "queen excluder", and made her way to the top of the hive. It is preferred to keep the queen in the lower portion of the hive to keep the brood there, leaving only honey in the top portion. So, our entire 2nd hive has brood. Good for the bee population, bad for honey production!
Here is a link to read more on the topic: https://beeinformed.org/2014/05/beekeeping-equipment-excluders/
Thank you A.J. for all that you do for the Teaching Giving Garden bees and your volunteer help with the garden as a whole!
|The PowerUp Team posing with Scare Crow Bob!|
L to R: Stephanie Kovarik, Jennifer Strom, Kelly Appeldorn, Marna Canterbury,
Lainie Steffen and Julia Johnson
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|Julia made friends with this guy|
in the corn patch!
Not only in help with harvest time, but in 2014 they donated a greenhouse to the garden. Because of that generous donation, the youth who learn here, were able to start from seed, 50% of the plants in this garden.
|Julia coming out of|
the corn with "Chippy"
|"Chippy" being unsociable!|
|Chomp at the edge of our|
Please read up on PowerUp at: http://www.powerup4kids.org/Home
|103.1 Pounds harvested for Valley Outreach today!|
|Show Me The Green - Author D.S. Venetta|
She has written a gardening book for children that has lessons in the back. She sent the RCS Teaching Giving Garden two copies. I will be sharing these with our Master Gardener teachers and we will be putting these to good use this next year with our 2016 garden students.
Check her out at: @dsvenetta on Twitter or at:
Thank you D.S. Venetta! This will enrich the lessons that we provide the youth in this Teaching Giving Garden!