GROW program celebrates another harvest year

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Spending time with friends at the garden, especially on a calm summer day, is the right idea for a Thursday night. 

Pat Weinberg started the G.R.O.W program in 2013 as a way to benefit citizens with disabilities and it has blossomed.

“We have about 18 growers and we have approximately nine mentors. The mentors are volunteers who just have an interest in people or in gardening. Or some are master gardeners. We have one that is a horticulturist and so we’ve got a lot of expertise here,” says Pat Weinberg, G.R.O.W. Director.

Every Tuesday and Thursday gardeners and mentors pick cucumbers, beans and tomatoes to name a few.

Whatever is ready to be harvested.

Pat’s son Luke has Down Syndrome, so the idea of a community garden was partially inspired by him.

“Knew he wasn’t eating well so thought what better idea then to come to the garden, start a garden. And I knew that if it was good for Luke, it was good for a lot of people,” she says. 

At the end of the pick gardeners get to choose the vegetables they want to take home to friends and family and the rest is donated to charity.

Weinberg credits the volunteers who have come on board throughout the years for making it the program grow.

“I couldn’t do it with all of the extra help. Lots of time staff will come with their gardeners. So we have that extra help. Plus, our mentors who I say volunteer their time to come out,” says Weinberg. 

In Bismarck, Cynthia Hill, KX News.

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