HSHS St. Joseph’s Community Garden looking for volunteers

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A Chippewa Falls community garden needs volunteers to help feed people who are struggling. For the ninth consecutive year. The HSHS Saint Joseph’s Hospital’s garden will donate food that is grown there. First News at Nine’s Max Cotton explains how you can help.

Roger Elliott is the HSHS Saint Joseph’s Community Garden Coordinator.

Now retired, he helped start the garden in 2013 when he was the hospital’s Facilities Department Director.

“The community garden is here for the purpose of addressing the hunger security crisis in the chippewa valley,” said Elliot.

What people grow here is donated to food pantries in Chippewa County, or people who are food insecure can grow for themselves.

“The good lord provides the sun, and you provide the labor and the seed and we can grow and awful lot of food. Since 2013, we have produced over 15,000 pounds of food that have gone to local food pantries,” said Elliot.

The garden does provide gardening tools. It also takes care of tilling and irrigation.

Cathy Lombard is one of the garden’s volunteers.

“It’s pretty fulfilling to do something you love and to help others at the same time. And, you know, it’s a value that i believe that you have to give back to the community, that i am very fortunate in my life,” said Lombard.

Elliot said, “It’s an extremely fulfilling experience. Knowing how desperate some of those people are, when they see that fresh stuff coming into one of those food pantries, they get really excited.”

Elliott says people don’t need to be gardening experts to volunteer. Helping put fresh fruits and vegetables on people’s plates.

In Chippewa Falls, Max cotton, First News at Nine.

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