Culver community garden seeks helping hands to make a difference

This spring marks the third year for the Culver Community Garden located at the corner of Lewis and Slate Streets. A large variety of fresh vegetables are grown and donated to the Culver Community Food Bank to provide clients there with fresh produce during the growing season, according to Connie Richie, one of the volunteers facilitating the project. The excess produce, she adds, is sold at the local Farmer’s Market, with the proceeds given to the local food bank for the purchase of other needed items. Organizers of Culver’s community garden, it may be noted, were honored in January by Culver’s Lions Club as Organization of the Year for their efforts.
“We are grateful for the community’s support with this project,” Richie explains. “Individuals and organizations have come forward to help in a variety of ways. Wesley United Methodist Church provides the site, Osborn Seed Company has prepared the soil, firemen have watered the garden, and Grace (United Church of Christ) members and several dedicated, service-minded individuals have given of their time with physical labor to make the garden a success. Some individual members of Lions Club, Kiwanis, and B.I.R.D. have expressed interest in helping with the garden this year.”
The community’s help, Richie stresses, is needed to ensure the continuing success of the project.
“Some who have given most freely of their time and physical labor in the past are not up to the task this year because of health issues,” she says. “If you can give one hour per week to help with planting, weeding, harvesting, or sales This spring marks the third year for the Culver Community Garden located at the corner of Lewis and Slate Streets. A large variety of fresh vegetables are grown and donated to the Culver Community Food Bank to provide clients there with fresh produce during the growing season, according to Connie Richie, one of the volunteers facilitating the project. The excess produce, she adds, is sold at the local Farmer’s Market, with the proceeds given to the local food bank for the purchase of other needed items. Organizers of Culver’s community garden, it may be noted, were honored in January by Culver’s Lions Club as Organization of the Year for their efforts.
“We are grateful for the community’s support with this project,” Richie explains. “Individuals and organizations have come forward to help in a variety of ways. Wesley United Methodist Church provides the site, Osborn Seed Company has prepared the soil, firemen have watered the garden, and Grace (United Church of Christ) members and several dedicated, service-minded individuals have given of their time with physical labor to make the garden a success. Some individual members of Lions Club, Kiwanis, and B.I.R.D. have expressed interest in helping with the garden this year.”
The community’s help, Richie stresses, is needed to ensure the continuing success of the project.
“Some who have given most freely of their time and physical labor in the past are not up to the task this year because of health issues,” she says. “If you can give one hour per week to help with planting, weeding, harvesting, or sales at the Farmers’ Market, the food pantry clients will once again have fresh vegetables to savor.”
The Culver Citizen will print times each week when volunteers will be working in the garden. Planting will begin Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m. Continued planting times will be Tuesday, May 17 at 9 a.m., Friday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m. All times are weather permitting. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gardening tools and join the gardeners, or those without tools may use organizers’ extras.
“Each person who donates one hour per week makes it easier on everyone,” Richie notes. “Come join us in this community project and get to meet others in a relaxed atmosphere. This is a free exercise program which comes with your dose of vitamin D provided through sunshine!”
Questions may be directed to Connie Richie at 574-542-4810, Barbara Quivey at 574-842-2329, or Cory Barnes at barnesc@culver.org.