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Master Gardeners Grow for Community

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GardenPictured Left to Right:  Sherry Clemmens, Christy Rowe, Nancy Dillon, Erika Stewart, Mary Dessel, Cathy Villareal, Evon Masteller, Sybil Jones, Jack Smith, Dee Ann Kline

Shelton, WA — The Mason County Master Gardeners (MCMG) are in harvest mode at the food bank garden in Catalyst Park. 18 volunteers in the MCMG program work all year to provide produce for local food banks. Nearly 1,400 pounds of fresh produce has been harvested this year alone – 308 pounds was produced last week. There are also 24 community garden beds available at the park for residents to raise fresh produce for their families with guidance from the Master Gardeners.

“This partnership is a true win-win for the community,” said Community Development Director Mark Ziegler. “The property was donated to the city to serve as a catalyst for the neighborhood.  The Mason County Master Gardeners have developed the space from an overgrown blackberry patch into a special place focused on volunteerism and community service.”    

Catalyst Park is located at 909 South 8th Street in Shelton. The property has served as the Mason County Master Gardeners food bank garden and community garden beds since 2010.

 “The primary goal of the Master Gardeners Program is to provide education on all aspects of gardening to our local community,” said Master Gardener Bonnie Day-Orr. “The second goal for the volunteers who work at Catalyst is to use our knowledge and skills to give support to a program like Saint’s Pantry that provides so much assistance to people needing a little help. Growing vegetables for the food bank, and teaching our neighbors how to grow their own for their families, is a perfect fit.”

For additional information on the Catalyst Park Garden, contact Mason County Master Gardener Coordinator Jeannine Polaski at 427-9670 x 688 or jeannine.polaski@wsu.edu.