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Volunteers create new garden area for YMCA children
Volunteers create new garden area for YMCA children

GRANDVILLE, Mich.— There’s a new place to help grow Michigan’s next generation of agricultural experts at Visser Family YMCA.

The YMCA enlisted the help of Lowe’s Heroes to create a new outdoor space complete with education gardens.  Approximately 30 volunteers spent 25 hours spread over three days putting together the space, with the help of Sustainable Outdoor Solutions, which donated some materials.  The gardens include two stream beds fueled by gutter runoff, a seating area and three “Impact Gardens,” which will be planted and maintained and harvested by children in the YMCA’s Impact after school program and summer day camp.  YMCA officials hope the gardens will help children understand life cycles as well as how to eat healthier.

“It’s exciting to have the community rally behind this project,” noted Kendall Klingelsmith, Associate Executive Director of the Visser Family YMCA.  “Lowes is a great partner in helping us beautify our area and give kids an educational opportunity that will result in making healthier choices.”

Klingelsmith says the Visser Family YMCA intends to add permanent benches to the seating area in the future.

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