The Giving Garden, created by the University of Minnesota Extension Master Garden for the COVID-19 epidemic, provided an opportunity for the needy to use gardens in Arborum, Northland. A total of 1,200 pounds of fresh produce (2,400 vegetable savings) has been distributed to the security forces and the bakery.
A.D. The 2021 Gift Garden Project has grown into a community-based project with three integrated projects: bedside plants, container gardens and a gift garden. Bed linen project members have grown 250 plants for use in container gardens and the supplier’s garden. The Container Garden Project provided more than 145 containers and bedding plants to several Crow Wing County organizations – Veterans Administration, Peacock Lakes Dining, Garrison Lions Club, CRMC Senior Lewis Krobby, CRMC Social Workers, and Bakery Kitchen. The rest of the plants are a great support to the gardener.
The purpose of the 2021 Gift Garden is to donate ፓ 2,000 (4,000 vegetable supplies) to the Salvation Army, a bakery kitchen and snacks throughout Kra Wing County. Since August 17, 1,000 pounds of hard produce, such as cabbage, pumpkin, and apples, have been harvested.
In addition, major gardeners are creating pollen gardens throughout Crow Wing County, including the MN Teen Challenge, Northland Arboretum, downtown Nisswa and Nisswa Lutheran Cross Church. They help with gardening at the Wodland Gardens Samaritan House and keep the gardeners in the center of the city in partnership with the Downtown Branner and contribute to the resident and tour experience.
Finally, education is a significant commitment of teacher gardeners. Instructions on how to grow and use their gardens are provided to Giving garden recipients, including container gardens. Major gardeners reach out to Crow Wing County residents with activities – a gardening initiative for 100 children; Monthly library seminars reach 80-120 participants; Garden club presentations; Helpline through Extension Office: And the weekly “Ask the Main Gardener” column in Brainerd Dispatch.