Food Donations by the Girl Scouts and G.A.L.A.

Girl Scouts team with G.A.L.A. to create community garden

BY ELISSA PAQUETTE
Staff Writer
WOLFEBORO — Girls Scouts of all levels worked tirelessly alongside family and friends under blue skies on Sunday, May 18, to turn the vacant lot alongside Clarke Plaza into a multi-bed community garden.
Katie Hafner, leader of the Girl Scout Daisies with Nicole Comeau, was delighted at the turnout and the partnership with Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A..), a local nonprofit sustainability organization, that designed and led the Sustain-a-Raiser project.
She said site owner Paul Zimmerman offered the use of the property, which will be cared for by the scouts throughout the summer. They plan to share their harvest with the L.I.F.E. Ministries Food Pantry, run by an ecumenical group of volunteers from area churches from quarters in the All Saints Episcopal Church’s Outreach Building.
Citizens Bank employees and Rotarians joined in the effort that began at 9 and continued into the afternoon.
Hafner pointed out the leaders of the Brownies, Cadets, and Jr. Girl Scouts, representing a wide age span of involvement. Looking over at the huge piles of cedar mulch and soil donated by Bartlett Tree Company and Spider Web Gardens and the wood provided by Middleton Lumber for the garden beds coming off the truck, there was more than enough work to go around.
The rest of us can enjoy watching the garden grow all summer long.

WGirlsScoutsGardenFillingWheelbarrows (Medium)VOLUNTEERS dug into a 25 cubic yard pile of soil from Spider Web Gardens and loaded wheelbarrows, one after the other, on Sunday, May 18, for the Girl Scout Community Garden.

WGirlScoutsGardenOverviewJosh (Medium)THE GIRL SCOUT COMMUNITY GARDEN was underway on Sunday morning, May 18, in the vacant field beside Clarke Plaza. Josh Arnold, founder of Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A..), a local nonprofit sustainability organization is striding among the volunteers as the Sustain-a-Raiser gets underway.

WGirlScoutsGardenMissionAccomplished  (Medium)PARENTS, FRIENDS AND LEADERS of local Daisy, Brownie and Cadet troops still standing at the end of a long day building and planting the Girl Scout Community Garden beside Clarke Plaza, smile for the camera on Sunday afternoon, May 18. The Sustain-a-Raiser project was designed and executed under the guidance of Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A..), a local nonprofit sustainability organization.

Photos and story courtesy of ELISSA PAQUETTE