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Published June 26, 2009, 10:01 AM

Gardens produce great bounty of crops, volunteers

A group of Meyer Middle School students recently got down in the dirt to assist efforts at the River Falls Grow-to-Share gardens as part of a class community service project. One group put up a sign and hung two bird houses; left to right: Kaija Warner, Caitlin Wrenn, Stephanie Feyereisen, Reilly Myklebust and Daeun Song.

By: Vera Roy-Stoeberl, River Falls Journal

A group of Meyer Middle School students recently got down in the dirt to assist efforts at the River Falls Grow-to-Share gardens as part of a class community service project. One group put up a sign and hung two bird houses; left to right: Kaija Warner, Caitlin Wrenn, Stephanie Feyereisen, Reilly Myklebust and Daeun Song.

Gardens produce bounty of crops, volunteers

“The ‘cold crops’ of lettuce, kale, spinach and radishes have been harvested and delivered (to the food pantry),” says Judie Babcock, of River Falls.

Babcock referred to some of the kinds of produce that have been raised in the “Grow-to-Share” community gardens she and her husband David created and organized at the beginning of this year’s growing season.

The Babcocks and their idea to benefit the greater good of River Falls by offering family land as garden plots for local residents’ use were featured in a story in the April 2 Journal. At that time the vision was just that -- a dream that David called “practical and historical.”

Forty plots 10-foot by 15-foot plots were laid out on the land, and all 40 are taken. Boy Scouts, church groups, families and individuals grow food that goes to feed families using the food pantry and growing the food.

Judie said, “More people are always welcome. People can sign up as a volunteer on the Grow-to-Share.org website, and they’ll be contacted as activities are planned. As the summer goes on and we get into harvesting and distributing the food, we’ll have opportunities for people to join the effort.”

Get more details on this story in the June 25 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

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