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with the Chief
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Does Your Garden Grow?
By Karen Fleming
Police Athletic League (PAL) kids had a chance to flex their green
thumbs this spring. Working with the Winter Haven Cricket Club and city
employees, the kids helped construct eight wooden boxes for raised beds
filled with composted soil, flowers and herbs. The garden is right next
door to the PAL center, in a vacant lot donated by the neighboring
Florence Villa Community Center. The PAL kids and the disabled adults
of Florence Villa will work together to maintain the garden.
of the garden is to build, maintain and harvest a garden that is a way
for people to get to know their neighbors. When neighborhoods succeed,
we all succeed,” Kay Boone, Winter Haven Neighborhood Outreach and Grant
coordinator, told News Chief correspondent Brenda Eggert Brader
in an article published on March 28, 2011.
selected plants that could take full sun, such as tomatoes, collard
greens, sweet corn, peppers, eggplant, broccoli, and chives, fennel and
rosemary. A butterfly garden was planted for fun. A manual irrigation
system was installed to make the maintenance easier.
gardens are Mayor Jeff Potter’s initiative this year. “Each year I have
an initiative,” he told Brader. “This year it is the community gardens.
The city has some of the funds for the gardens in its budget, but it is
done mostly with donations.”
Do PAL kids like
vegetables? Maybe not so much on their dinner plate, but when they’ve
grown it themselves, they just might feel more ready to try that
These pictures were taken at the Region 4 Community
Service Event held in Lakeland, FL by the Lakeland PAL on June 26, 2010.
The community event was to feed the homeless and PALS from Pinellas
County, Lakeland, Ft Myers, Zephyrhills, Lake Wales, and Winter Haven
attended and helped out at this event. We served more than 380 meals,
not including seconds. The event was very successful and everyone had a