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Come to the garden. Fill your heart and get your hands dirty!

Washington High School Interactors like to get their hands dirty on the weekend, especially if it is digging and planting in their favorite spot: Growing Together: A Giving Garden. Our community garden located just west of Central and Glendale Avenues at Living Streams Church grows fruits and vegetables for those in need in our community.

“It’s one of our favorite service events,” said Jill Green, who advises the campus club. “It is awesome for the students to see the gardening process start to finish each season. And knowing our harvest is going to those in need is a bonus.”

“I love going to the community garden because it’s a fun and easy way to give back to the neighborhood,” one student said.  “You get to learn a little bit about agriculture while at the same time working alongside your friends. The best part about gardening is getting to harvest your crop after all the effort you put into planting and caring for it.”

“Gardening is a great opportunity to get down and dirty by doing different things like planting, weeding, composting, harvesting and much more. It seems like a lot of hard work, but knowing it is going to food pantries and local foster homes definitely makes it all worthwhile.”

The garden’s Adopt a Bed program is in its 5th year and is the primary fundraiser each season. It works like this: volunteers (a family, youth group, individual, company, school club, etc.) can purchase a garden bed for a tax deductible donation and be part of the bed preparation, planting, watering, weeding and harvesting. 90 percent of the harvest is donated to those in need while donors get to keep 10 percent and enjoy a Veggie Swap with other volunteers at the end of the season. “We typically have 15-20 families and groups adopting a bed each planting season. All donations support our watering needs, supplies, seedlings and seeds,” says garden volunteer coordinator, Britton Sanchez.

“We are excited about learning to take care of another crop this season,” Green said. “Last season we had fun with our pepper bed and all that went with making it a successful harvest.” This year the team will be planting broccoli in their bed. Interact is sponsored by Sun City Rotary and has 250 members who complete over 60 events each year.

Growing Together: A Giving Garden began as a vacant lot in November 2009 and has harvested over 30,000 pounds of food, graciously received 6000 hours of volunteer service hours and serves 4 local shelters and needy organizations who typically go without fresh fruits and vegetables. For more information check out our website: growingtogetherphx.org and our calendar and come visit us and help us continue to grow!

Starting September we will be in the garden every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month starting at 7:00 am . . . come get your hands dirty and fill your heart with joy!

 

 

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