Posted: Monday, June 24, 2002

Food bank says thanks for support in helping make its garden grow

Seeds of kindness sprouted long before the first plant was put in the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's garden. We are so thankful to BP, Donna Condon, Russell and Laurie Winslow, Curtis Wilcox, Laura Sievert, Donna and Michael West for generously sponsoring our garden.

Thank you to Dick Baldwin, Seeds of Alaska, for donating the use of his tractor and to Roy Baldwin for the hours he spent tilling the soil to provide a nice fluffy bed for the seeds and plants. We are also grateful to Sterling Greenhouses and the many anonymous contributors for their donations of seed potatoes, seeds and vegetable starts to get us growing!

We were blessed to have an energetic group of four adults and 29 young people from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Youth Conference. These students came from Anchorage, Cordova, Homer, Kodiak and the Kenai/Soldotna area to spend the day planting potatoes, vegetables starts and seeds. This fantastic group also weeded the raspberries and relocated our rhubarb and strawberries.

A special thanks to Larry Klawunder for the countless hours he has spent raking, hoeing, preparing the raised beds, planting vegetables starts and seeds, and making our 'Garden Guests' at home. The Girl Scout Troops #214 and #618 worked hard to "scare up some help" by creating three absolutely wonderful "Scarecrow" guests to protect the garden come rain or shine!

We would like to thank those who are participating in the Plant A-Row for the hungry program by planting an extra row in their own gardens to harvest for the Food Bank. And, finally, thank you to those who have volunteered to come in throughout the summer to help care for the garden in anticipation of a bountiful harvest for the hungry.

On behalf of those who will benefit from the Food Bank's garden produce, we extend our heartfelt appreciation for sowing these seeds of kindness to help our needy neighbors.

Peggy Moore, executive director, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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