Garden season is never long enough in Wisconsin! Yet it’s already time to reflect on the harvest our Woodson YMCA Community Garden provided.

From carrots to turnips, it was another successful growing season. First, our generous partners who provided seeds, tomato flats and monetary support, were critical in helping us grow healthy foods for the Aspirus YMCA Child Care programs.

When the summer squash, peppers or peas were ready, crates of fresh veggies were offered to our child care families each week. The food helped support many of our Y families at a time when finances were especially tight during the ongoing pandemic this summer and fall.

“The need for food was critical while so many families were struggling with less income in recent months,” said garden coordinator Haley Houghton, Member Engagement and Asst. Operations Director. “We’re so pleased the Community Garden could serve families right in our own back yard.”

Caring volunteers spent their time prepping our garden beds, irrigating and planting and we thank them for their green thumbs! We teamed up with Boy Scout Troop #465 to help remove garden fencing, fabric and other supplies, now that the season has come to a close.

Our work could not have been possible without the people and businesses below who supported the garden. We express our deep gratitude for the help of:  

Lambs Fresh Market, lead sponsor

Red Door Family Farm

Lincoln Hills School


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