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Eagan YMCA Donates First Crop of Fresh Produce to Local Food Shelf

Earlier this year, the YMCA broke ground on a new community garden. That project is already bearing fruit—or should we say vegetables—for the Eagan and Lakeville Resource Centers.

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Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the Eagan YMCA.

The first harvest of the newly created 450-square-foot community garden of the YMCA in Eagan provided 112 pounds of fresh vegetables to the food shelf at the Eagan Resource Center. The assortment of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, herbs, and squash was possible through generous donations of plants from Linder’s Garden Center, fencing from Able Fence, Inc., compost from Gopher Resources, and the efforts of eager Y staff, board members and members. 

“For our first year, this is an amazing harvest,” said Nyam Smith, Eagan YMCA executive director. “This effort fits the Y’s national initiatives relating to healthy living and social responsibility.” 

The garden is adjacent to the YMCA Early Learning Childcare Center whose 180 children adopted the garden. Toddler and pre-school classes watched the progress of the plants throughout the summer. “It was a favorite place to visit and began many discussions on plants, food and healthy eating,” said Kris Overlund, director of the childcare program.

This 2012 project of the Eagan Y Board is expected to double in size next year.  Community Garden volunteers are welcome.  Contact Angie Cameron at angie.cameron@YMCAtwincities.

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