Community Gardens to Generate Vegetables and Community Service Credit

Tim Hadsell is looking for students, their families, and other volunteers to help plant two community vegetable gardens this Saturday, January 14.  The Greenacres man is committed to planting gardens that help sustain area feeding programs and is seeking help for two initiatives planned for two Palm Beach County communities. The St. George’s Center is located in Riviera Beach at 21 West 22nd Street with a 2,000 square foot garden planned.  The West Palm Beach site is adjacent to the Elk’s Lodge on Belvedere Road with 4,000 square feet dedicated to the garden.  The endeavor has won a $10,000 grant from the Elks’ National Foundation, with local support and adminstration through the West Palm Beach Elks Lodge 1352. 

Hadsell is the Grants chair of the local Elk’s Lodge and has played an instrumental role in installing three other gardens during the past two years. One garden is located at Washington Elementary School in Riviera Beach.  Another garden is located at Greenacres Leisure Services and a third at the Elk’s West Palm Beach Lodge adjacent to Wynnebrook Elementary School.

 “We want to teach young people the process of gardening from seed to harvest,” Mr. Hansell explained.  “Not only do they experience the satisfaction of coaxing vegetables from the earth, they see the difference it makes when we add fresh vegetables to area feeding programs.”

Volunteers are needed at the Elk’s site from 8:00 a.m until the work is finished Saturday afternoon. The work at St. George’s is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. until the work’s completed that afternoon. The  City of Greenacres Leisure Services is providing transportation and the Mounts Botanical Gardens and the University of Florida Extension Service are providing plants, seedlings, and training. 

Vegetables we’ll be waiting for:  broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, radishes, eggplant, cabbage, — melons and chili peppers during the summer months.  For more details, contact Mr. Hadsell, 561-670-4790 or email timhadsell@cs.com.