Photo Gallery: Harvest Time at the Library Garden

Extra produce goes to the Niles Township Food Pantry

The 's community garden is overflowing with produce. At least once a week, volunteers gather to pick what's ripe and, with the help of library staff, turn it into a tasty dish. Whatever isnt' used that day is donated to the .


Renée Miller August 15, 2011 at 12:19 PM
What a fabulous experience, not only for the kids, but also the board to be able to share with the community. And to think, they didn't want the library to participate.
Lizzy T August 15, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Wonderful to see mothers and children working together and learning how our food is grown. Perhaps Morton Grove's Garden Club could be asked to participate in the program so our hard-working library staff's time won't be needed as much? Also, I do hope all involved will remember that a big part of our village is in Maine Township too and will consider donating produce to them. Our library board must have approved this program or how else could it happen? For them to have asked questions about how it worked and who would be involved is the right thing to do for elected representatives responsible for public property. I sincerely hope Ms. Miller's last comment is not continued sour-grapes from her election loss since we should all now be supporting the library to continue their mission of service to the patrons and residents.
Rosetta Metz August 15, 2011 at 05:49 PM
We are very fortunate to have the Morton Grove Garden Club's President who comes & volunteers at the garden almost weekly, along with Girl & Boy Scouts, Camp USA, Niles West Garden Club and residents. Anyone is welcome to come and help. The Library Garden Check days are Tuesdays at 4:00. You can view the garden’s progress on the Community Outreach – Morton Grove Public Library Blog (http://mgcommunityoutreach.blogspot.com): http://mgcommunityoutreach.blogspot.com/2011/07/look-at-our-garden-grow.html http://mgcommunityoutreach.blogspot.com/2011/06/ready-to-rock-n-roll.html http://mgcommunityoutreach.blogspot.com/2011/06/getting-ready.html http://mgcommunityoutreach.blogspot.com/2011/06/so-green-so-cool.html Hope to see you soon! Rosetta Metz Head of Outreach, PR and Programming
Laura Frisch August 15, 2011 at 08:08 PM
This is an amazing program, my kids and I have been fortunate to partake and learn so much about natural alternatives for gardening problems, how to be part of a community garden and to give back to the public. There is not enough produce to split to both pantries and Niles Township Food Pantry is just down the street from the library, probably why they are the recipient. If YOU would like to participate in some sort of donation program, as I have suggested before, I am sure the Main Township Food Pantry would appreciate it. In this economy the food pantries could certainly use everyone's help. I believe Ms. Miller is continuing to watch what is happening at the library as she has done for several decades. There was discussion by the one board member in particular who did not want this garden at all. That is in the DVD recording of the June Board Meeting. Again, Ms. Miller is just reminding us of how the garden began. I do not think she, nor anyone else must support the library board, if they are doing things that we as residents do not approve and are costing tax payers money beyond what is already budgeted for the library or expenses that the tax payers would not approve. We all support the library in its mission to provide education to the public.
PROLibraryMG August 17, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Thank you, Emily and Patch, for the lovely photos of the MGPL's Community Garden. For more photos, from planting day to the weekly garden checks, please visit the PROLibrary facebook photo album: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.221169827918501.47735.169281509774000&type=1


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