Dow volunteers work at community gardens - WNEM TV 5

Dow volunteers work at community gardens

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

Getting down and dirty.

That's what volunteers from Dow were doing Tuesday morning, improving community gardens in Midland.

“Anytime we are able to bring more healthy food options to the community in new and creative ways, that's a bonus,” said Peggy Sczepanzki, Dow Health Services.

The gardens at the Midland Community Center are available for anyone to use, but here at the center, it also provides activities for the visitors.

“We wanted to build these gardens into some of the programming in the community center,” Sczepanzki said.

Now, the gardens have a space for just about everybody. Volunteers put together taller flower beds that are wheel chair accessible and shorter ones for children.

“They're at a height where kids can work in the garden, and help harvest the garden, weed the garden, have fun in the garden,” Sczepanzki said.

From tomatoes to sunflowers, residents can rent a plot of the garden to plant whatever they like

“Anybody can come in and use the garden and purchase a plot and plant for themselves if they don't have room for them at their homes,” Sczepanzki said.

These gardens are a small piece of nature and relaxation in the city, and many contribute to make them beautiful every day.

“We saw some people out here doing their watering so they were walking their dogs and watering,” Sczepanzki said. “So it was just really cool. Social and peaceful and a great way to spend some down time.”

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