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Deer River Kid’s Garden Gets a Face Lift

Monday, October 16, 2017  
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Grand Rapids Herald-Review (October 13, 2017) - Thanks to the generous labor provided by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, the Deer River Boys and Girls Club Garden located at the King School has been rescued from a weedy takeover. The garden which lay empty this past summer, or so we thought, produced giant weeds in just a few months. Some were more than 6-feet tall.

The kids could not use their summer garden because of safety concerns. The school’s new construction project was being completed near the garden area. To keep out weeds the plots were covered with plastic in May. However, a jumble of weeds took over the paths and wood-chipped areas making a huge mess.

Affinity was looking for a community service project to honor Indigenous People’s Day at the same time Master Gardener Bonny Siegford was seeking help to clean up the garden. Through a mutual connection with Molly McCann at Get Fit Itasca a work crew was formed. Seven employees from Affinity showed up at the garden on Monday morning armed with shovels, garden forks, smiles and laughter and a wonderful work ethic. A bit more than three hours later, all weeds were removed from the garden enclosure and transported to the City of Deer River’s compost pile. Next spring Boys and Girls club members will again be back in their garden to grow, harvest and eat vegetables and blueberries.

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