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     Early last spring Volunteer Food and Resource Center (VFRC), also known as the Colville Food Bank, took on the task of creating a garden space beside their building on Wynne Street. This involved removing some tall spruce trees, which was a good thing as they were compromised and could have come down in a wind storm, and putting up a fence to protect future growing veggies from pilfering by our furry neighbors that roam the streets.
     In the process VFRC was approached by a Boy Scout member, Karson Griessmann, looking for a project to help him complete his Eagle Scout certification. VFRC worked with Karson to help design and implement a plan to complete the garden space. Working together, and with some design help from Marilyn at Haney Lumber, a blueprint was created and plan of action mapped out.
     Karson began by approaching local businesses and organizations to garner donations of supplies, materials, and volunteer labor. With the help of his dad, Peter, and a donated skidsteer from Sun Rental in Colville, the ground was cleared. Karson then got to work building the eleven raised bed planter boxes and cold frames that will be used in the garden.
     A work party was then organized, with help from other scouts and leaders from Boy Scout Troop 902, to help level the ground and place the boxes in the garden space, per the design. Working in the evening, and with the help of headlights from cars that brought the boys to the site, that part of the project was completed.
     To prevent weeds, soil erosion and water buildup on the ground, weed cloth and gravel were laid and distributed between the planter boxes and the remaining bare ground set aside for containers that will be used to teach container gardening for those who may not have access to flower beds or garden areas, such as those who live in apartments. Soil was also delivered and shoveled into the boxes, resting and waiting for the spring thaw and planting.
     With his requirements and project completed, Karson anticipates his court of honor being held shortly after the New Year in 2018.
     VFRC and Karson wish to thank Sun Rental for the use of the skidsteer; Haney Lumber, Builder's Supply, Woodworker Network, and Vaagen Brother's for donating lumber; Country Store for donating weed cloth; Colville Fasteners for donating screws to build the boxes; Colville Valley Concrete for donating the gravel, and  Chad Fox for donating the soil.
     We look forward to a productive growing season in 2018. Thank you Karson!

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