RIVER FALLS, Wis.
Allina Health has donated $1,500 to the River Falls Grow to
Share community food garden.
The River Falls Area Hospital's employee Caring and
Recognition Team made the award after hearing that Grow to
Share hoped to use the money toward plants, fencing, straw
mulch, seed-starting equipment, and expansion to the
children's garden and an all-important port-a-potty.
Grow to Share's primary goal is to improve community access
to fresh, locally grown food. Produce grown at the garden is
donated to local food shelves and homeless shelters.
Low-income families can also sign up for a "share" of the
garden, receiving a box of produce weekly. Throughout the
growing season, Grow to Share hosts events to educate the
community about gardening and the benefits of fresh, local
"We love to see a child who thinks they don't like vegetables
try a pea fresh off the vine, or a sweet cherry tomato or a
rainbow carrot, and learn that vegetables can be very tasty,"
said Grow to Share president Anna Zalusky. "I couldn't cut
vegetables fast enough when the Greenwood second grade class
Leaders of the Grow to Share garden, located at Hoffman Park
East, off Division Street, encourage volunteers to walk or
bike to the garden and plan to offer yoga and meditation in
the garden to promote both physical and mental health.
"Nutrition, physical activity and mental wellness are the
primary focus of Allina Health's community health improvement
initiatives," said Heather Logelin, Allina Health's director
of community engagement for western Wisconsin. "Grow to Share
is uniquely positioned to address all three areas and we are
pleased to support their work."
For more information on the Grow to Share garden, or to find
out about volunteer opportunities, visit www.growtoshare.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.