Recycling, gardening and hunger relief

Fruit and vegetables will be grown by students

Fruit and vegetables will be grown by students

Come make a difference with recycling, gardening and hunger relief. Mark your calendars for March 20th at 8:30 AM when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join with the students of the Saturn Street Elementary school to celebrate the national Give Back to Grow dedication of  these new community gardens. These 5100 square foot raised gardens will be constructed of recycled asphalt. And once productive, many of the fruits and vegetables grown will be donated to a program for hunger relief facilitated through the First Presbyterian Church.

The Saturn Street Elementary Community Garden will help bring together an awareness of how the fun of growing your own food can blend recycling, gardening and hunger relief into something positive in so many ways. Students will be introduced to the experience of growing and gardening, something altogether missing from the usual formal education. During the event there will be a Give Back to Grow Award presented to one student who has shown outstanding ecological leadership.

Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa will also receive a grant check from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company which made this whole event possible.

There will be entertainment, dignitaries and fun for all who attend. And the raised gardens will put into practice how recycling and gardening can come together to aid in the relief of hunger. Come join in.

And keep your eyes and ears open for future events of this kind. Gardening is a wonderful to help add fresh, healthy food to the world and help others at the same time. If you grow fruits and vegetables in your garden and crops come in all at once — something that frequently happens — consider donating your extras to your local food centers for the hungry. Some places may even be willing to pick up your extra edibles. You can make a difference.