Building learning gardens at Mancinelli’s in Rifle |

Building learning gardens at Mancinelli’s in Rifle

From let, Kim Doyle Wille, Charlaina Labrum, 3-year old Maggie Matthews, Andrea Matthews and Olivia Labrum helped build self-wicking raised garden beds for the Children’s Learning Gardens at Mancinelli’s Pizza in Rifle on Saturday, June 14. Rifle Growing Community and Growing Food Forward are building several garden beds around Rifle to grow vegetables for the area needy.
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On Saturday, June 14, with the great work and attitudes of the eight volunteers that showed up, we got our first of 16 self-wicking raised beds done for our Children’s Learning Gardens at Mancinelli’s Pizza in Rifle.

We at Growing Food Forward and the Rifle Growing Community SO appreciate Mancinelli’s allowing us to build gardens on their land, so we can teach children (and adults) all phases of gardening and healthy eating. I’m really grateful for Rifle Growing Community Coordinator Andrea Matthews and her 3-year-old daughter, Maggie, for all your great organizing work Andrea, and yours and Maggie’s excellent work on our different gardens throughout Rifle.

I/we are particularly grateful for our volunteers, who stayed later than the scheduled ending of the work session, to ensure the bed was built, planted and watered and that Andrea’s and my car were loaded back up with all the equipment. Thank you, Sabrina Butt and Olivia for doing all that shoveling, to Charlaina Labrum and Brad Straub for sawing and prepping all those pallets for future assembly; to Lydia Allen for helping me with the PVC piping assembly and jumping in to shovel; and to LiveWell Garfield County Coordinator Dana Wood for helping level the garden and so capably cutting all those donated cardboard bike boxes from Sunlight Ski and Bike for the walls. I/we appreciate every one of you. Thank you.

Our next work days at Mancinelli’s are from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 19, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 22. We welcome any and all help.

Kim Doyle Wille

Growing Food Forward

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