December 4, 2011
In late 2006 the Wagner Farm Arboretum was in the final stages of planning the Community Garden section of the Arboretum. Deer fence was in place and everyone anxious to go. Recognizing the need for fresh produce to feed the poor in the area, the trustees established the Giving Gardener's Project and allocated over 10,000 square feet of gardening space within the Community Garden area, purchased a tool shed and some tools for use by the volunteers. Their leadership and financial support continues to this day. As project director, I have been privileged and proud to work with the arboretum and hundreds of volunteers who are responsible for the success of the giving gardens. We have seen the yearly food distributions increase from 2000 pounds through 3 agencies to as much as 20,000 pounds through 10 agencies. Thanks and congratulations to the hard working volunteers who make this possible.
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