Residents of East Bethel and Ham Lake create community garden

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The communities of East Bethel and Ham Lake have come together to fund a community garden, Grown for LOVE, with all produce being donated to a local food shelf.

Residents of East Bethel and Ham Lake came together to create a community garden. Businesses, churches, boy scouts and families in the community all played a part in building and funding the garden.
Residents of East Bethel and Ham Lake came together to create a community garden. Businesses, churches, boy scouts and families in the community all played a part in building and funding the garden.

Local resident Christine Dahlman proposed the idea of a community garden to the East Bethel City Council early this summer after a meeting at the NACE Food Shelf.

“There are three things I am passionate about. Serving Jesus outside the four walls of a building, gardening and eating organic,” Dahlman said. “As a nation we are not exactly the picture of health if seven out of ten Americans including children are on an ongoing prescription drugs for a chronic condition. We are what we eat, and our food is making us sick. Organic produce can be expensive, so I picked the more expensive produce to grow.”

The Grown for LOVE garden is located near Our Saviour’s Church in East Bethel. The garden contains cucumbers, watermelon, green beans, ground cherries, various types of peppers, squash, potatoes, pumpkins and eggplant. To the date, 26 pounds of organic produce have been donated to the NACE food shelf.

Dahlman commended the community and various businesses for coming together to build and fund the garden.

“Grown for LOVE would not have been possible without the generous financial support from our community. You have not because you ask not. I asked and they all helped,” Dahlman said.

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