April 24 • 10:51 AM

Capac offers food for thought

Ministerial society's collaborative community garden idea takes root

June 03, 2009
CAPAC — How does your garden grow? At the Capac Community Garden, things are off to a great start, organizer Kris Campau says.

On Memorial Days, volunteers planted 20 flats of vegetable seedlings donated by DeLisi Greenhouses in a plot behind St. Nicholas Catholic Church. The harvest from that section will furnish the Capac Kitchen and Food Pantry.

Fifteen individual plots at the garden are filling up quickly too.

The garden is another effort by the Capac Ministerial Society to help the community stretch their food dollars.

Volunteers Rev. Dale Brown, John Campau, Dave Rivard, Sandy Dodes, Kim Koslakiewicz, (front) Julie Rivard, Chris Donnellon and (not pictured) Kris Campau planted 20 flats of vegetable seedlings in the inaugural Capac Community Garden last week.

"Everything has fallen into place," Campau said.

"We've had a combination of help and donations from all of the local churches."

Still, Campau hopes the program will be able to reach more of the people who visit the Capac Kitchen, a free meal program, and get them growing too. She likened the goal of the program to 'give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime.'

"This is meant to be a way to educate people. We want to share and show them how to do side-by-side," Campau said.

Individual plots are available to anyone. The only requirement is to regularly maintain and weed it. Plots of 10x20 feet and 20x20 feet are still available.

On top of the garden, the ministerial society is also sponsoring a 'Food for Thought' workshop series every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in cooperation with the Michigan State University Extension office. Topics are to include nutrition, food safety, shopping tips and inexpensive and nutritious meals. The public is invited to attend, gardeners or not.

So far, the experience has been fun, Campau said. Just being able to reconnect with acquaintances and learn how other people plant and tend to their gardens has been fun.

Additional donations of supplies will continue to be welcomed. Campau said they'd like to get mulch to help cut down on weeds.

Volunteers are always welcome too. For more information about work times and to add your name to an email notification list, contact Campau at 395-2338.

To inquire about individual plots in the community garden, contact Bernice at 395-2057.

For more information about the free 'Food for Thought' workshops, call the MSU Extension at (810) 989-6935.

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