Community garden will offer opportunities to grow

Community volunteers and MEC employees plant roughly 400 plants 
at The Learning Garden in Paw Paw.   Photos courtesy of United Christian ServicesCommunity volunteers and MEC employees plant roughly 400 plants 
at The Learning Garden in Paw Paw.   Photos courtesy of United Christian Services

   PAW PAW - A new collaboration  between the Van Buren Intermediate School District’s Community-based Transition Center (CTC) and United Christian Services, (UCS) will provide an “outdoor classroom” for students to learn about plants and nature, while also teaching them about how healthy and nutritious food can be grown and prepared to eat.
   At the same time, students and others will be helping their community as they are actively involved in the growing, planting and caring for the garden, later harvesting the vegetables and helping to deliver to the places of distribution, according to Alison Harrop, of United Christian Services.
   During the summer months while school is not in session, community volunteers will be needed to help care for the garden. “Anyone who is a fully signed-up, regular volunteer will benefit by having a share in the harvest,” said Harrop.
   Garden produce will be distributed to anyone who is a signed-up volunteer of the garden and helps on a regular basis; to the CTC student kitchen for meals prepared by them on-site during school months; to the families of students in need;  and to The Porch, based at UCS office.
   For more information about The Learning Garden, or to serve as a volunteer to help with watering and weeding over the summer months, call (269) 415 0767 or e-mail: alison.ucs@gmail.com.

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