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Iron River's Community Garden

Our Savior's member Eileen Bentzen wrote of some of her experience for "The Connection."

In 2016, a group of gardeners gathered together to complete a dream held by wanna-be gardeners: a community garden. I was one of the original planners, and have had a plot in the Iron River Community Garden for two years – fulfilling my need to work in the dirt and grow my own vegetables and flowers. Just recently, a sign was erected at our garden spot, the corner of Summit Avenue and County Road A, on land offered for use as a community garden by the family that owns the property, showing the world how proud we are of our garden.
There are 10 separate plots in the garden, each unique in its own way. There are lots of vegetables, lots of flowers, and some really cool plants! Sandy Rau, a Master Gardener, has been our teacher and advisor and the gardens show how much we have learned. Especially the terrific use of hay as a mulch! With the new knowledge we have, and the awesomely rich soil improvements made last year, our gardens are really thriving! It’s just such a thrill to walk into my plot, pick a couple yellow squash, a good bunch of green beans, lettuce and, finally, some pretty flowers to take home. Just as I had dreamed.
One of the plots is worked by Smiling Faces Child Care Center, and most of the work has been done by the children. And they are so proud of what they have done – the picture shows them beaming over their beautiful squash bush. The children are, left to right, Jaylan Hunter, Madelyn Mackey, Cora Wilson, Ally Lester, Raelyn Mackey, Jake Probst and Nolan Anderson. This group of children have worked on this garden since day one, helping make the rows, spreading mulch, and planting. I am pretty sure this experience with give them a life-long love of gardening, and such a sense of accomplishment!

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