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The Times
  • Community garden harvest to benefit food pantry

  • St. Paul’s Universalist Unitarian Church together with C.A.R.E. (Community Advocates for Revitalization Efforts) and the Little Falls Family YMCA have joined to start Little Falls’ first community garden — a trend they hope will continue for many years.

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  • St. Paul’s Universalist Unitarian Church together with C.A.R.E. (Community Advocates for Revitalization Efforts) and the Little Falls Family YMCA have joined to start Little Falls’ first community garden — a trend they hope will continue for many years.
    After discussing four models at a recent meeting, committee members Rev. Kim Miner, Tony DeLucca of the YMCA, Robin Prinzhorn of C.A.R.E., organic farmer Dan Casler and Christine Van Meter decided that the harvest from this year’s garden will go to the YMCA food pantry. The pantry assists approximately 140 families each month, including the disabled and the elderly.
    The committee members had considered creating a section for families wanting to grow vegetables, however, due to the timing to start planting they felt it would be difficult to organize people to have individual residential plots to garden this year.
    The idea behind the community garden, other than to help with the food pantry, is to get residents and children involved in a common project. The committee would like to have children help with the planting and maintenance and also make creative and fun signs pointing to the different areas of the garden. These opportunities will be available through youth groups, school participation and other programs.
    Everyone on the committee agreed that this would be an ideal opportunity for children to have fun, learn how to garden, conserve water, understand the environment and work together for a good cause.
    The committee is hopeful that this year’s community garden will prompt others to donate land in the center city or in neighborhoods where people can conveniently walk to the locations. In addition to assisting the food pantry, committee members said this will give the many residents of Little Falls who like to garden or who would like to learn a place to grow vegetables for their personal use.
    The Community Garden Planning Committee will plant vegetables and a few flowers on Friday at 10 a.m. The committee members are looking for volunteers to assist them in planting on that day. The committee is also looking for volunteers who are willing to commit two mornings each week throughout the summer to assist in weeding, watering, harvesting and overall maintenance.
    Donations of seeds, including carrots, beets, squash (acorn or winter) and green beans (bush), tomato and pepper plants, potatoes and onions would be appreciated. The committee is also looking for donations of gently worn or new gardening gloves and gardening tools.
    Anyone who would like to donate items or volunteer to help is asked to call Prinzhorn at 663-8962.
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