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Garden grows more than food

It offers a chance to give back to the community


by: RAY HUGHEY - Supporters of the St. Patrick Food Bank Community Garden hope to grow some funds as well as crops. They're raffling off a full-size bed quilt made by Donna DeKoning to benefit the garden project in its second year.
The quilt of garden green and yellow tones will hang on display this month over the service counter at Cutsforth's Thriftway.
The garden is supported by St. Patrick Catholic Church, Oregon Food Bank and the community at large, said garden advocate Alice Wallace.
The garden is behind the church at 498 NW Ninth Ave.
It was initiated by Marlene and Gayle Kirkpatrick. Gayle Kirkpatrick, an engineer, designed the garden.
The project presently has 72 beds and 35 gardeners.
Each gardener has his or her own 4x12-foot plot and is required to care for a second plot. Crops from the second garden go to the food bank.
Some gardeners dedicate both garden plots to the food bank.
This June and July the garden produced about 1,400 pounds of produce for the food bank, Wallace said.
Tickets for the quilt raffle are priced at $5 and are available at Cutsforth's Thiftway. The raffle will be held Sept. 15 at St. Patrick Catholic church after the 8:30 a.m. Mass.Supporters of the St. Patrick Food Bank Community Garden hope to grow some funds as well as crops.

They’re raffling off a full-size bed quilt made by Donna DeKoning to benefit the garden project in its second year.

The quilt of garden green and yellow tones will hang on display this month over the service counter at Cutsforth’s Thriftway.

The garden is supported by St. Patrick Catholic Church, Oregon Food Bank and the community at large, said garden advocate Alice Wallace.

The garden is behind the church at 498 NW Ninth Ave.

It was initiated by Marlene and Gayle Kirkpatrick. Gayle Kirkpatrick, an engineer, designed the garden.

The project presently has 72 beds and 35 gardeners.

Each gardener has his or her own 4x12-foot plot and is required to care for a second plot. Crops from the second garden go to the food bank.

Some gardeners dedicate both garden plots to the food bank.

This June and July the garden produced about 1,400 pounds of produce for the food bank, Wallace said.

Tickets for the quilt raffle are priced at $5 and are available at Cutsforth’s Thiftway.

The raffle will be held Sept. 15 at St. Patrick Catholic church after the 8:30 a.m. Mass.



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