MOMS Club Community Garden Feeds Hungry and Plants Seeds of Compassion
Planting a seed.
Simple thing, really if you are an adult.
But for a child - it is amazing.
The notion that a tiny seed can become cucumbers, lettuce, or tomatoes with a little bit of water, and a whole lot of love.
Amy Chase and son Matthew are one of several MOMS Club families taking part: "So they are kind of getting the picture of what I buy in the store comes from a garden first, then it goes to the store. It is fun to see them watch the plants grow."
20 members of the New Hope, Crystal, Robbinsdale MOMS Club decided their service project would be a community garden.
"It has just been a really good fit," said Mandy Burrows, the project organizer. "We've had a lot of volunteers come help water and weed and the kids also helped and planted the plants - they really enjoyed it it was a lot of fun, hopefully it will get them to eat their vegetables - hahaha."
They are growing that garden in the front yard of the Emergency Foodshelf Network.
And talk about a direct impact - the vegetables to right from the garden, and into the Emergency Foodshelf Network, which is about 25 feet away. Then the fresh veggies are refrigerated and distributed to some of 90 different food shelves around the Twin Cities.
"Right now we are seeing 1 in 7 kids that are at or near the poverty line in Minnesota - so there's a lot of need out there, " said Ted Evans, with the Emergency Foodshelf Network.
As for the kids - they are having a blast!
Elliott Burrows is 5 years old, I asked him: "Whatcha doing up there, doing some gardening?" Elliott responded, "Actually we are cleaning out the weeds, but the weeds are getting ahead of us so we have to be really quick!"
No time to talk - they have work to do.
The compassion seed has now been planted - and it has a lifetime now to grow.
The Emergency Foodshelf Network has a goal this summer of raising enough food for 100,000 meals. If you'd like to set up a food drive - and help out our Summer Harvest program log onto KSTP.com