VOA building a garden for local veterans

Who can transform a 5,000 sq. ft. undeveloped space into a community garden in one day? The local chapter of the Volunteers of America can! The group is participating in the Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb initiative and together, along with volunteers from Home Depot’s Team Depot, will build a garden for the residents of Mobile’s Eagle’s Landing Neighborhood. 

In a single day, the group will build a community garden that will include 19 raised beds containing fruit, vegetables, and flowers. The garden will also contain a meeting area with several picnic tables, benches, trees and shrubs for local community members and veterans to gather and rest while working in the garden.

“Eagles Landing supports the unique needs of homeless veterans, and we will be building a space for them to grow their own food while reaping the rehabilitative benefits of gardening. We are looking forward to working side by side with community members in Mobile,” said Fiskars President Paul Tonnesen.

“We are very grateful for Fiskars’ support on the construction of the new garden,” said Wallace Davis, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Southeast. “The Eagle’s Landing community is very eager to have a space to grow fresh produce and learn more about the benefits of community gardening.”

The event will take place at Eagle’s Landing, 6501 Moffett Rd. on Wednesday, July 16, beginning with a first dig at 8:00 a.m. The day’s gardening activities will include construction of raised beds and planting followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:00 p.m. to celebrate the new space.

If you are interested in participating in the build, visit http://www.voasoutheast.org/ and look for the Fiskars Project Orange Thumb project.

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