Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Mary Ellen Dewey
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Community garden ready for planting


Vicki Radzak

Volunteers built over 20 raised garden boxes to be used in the community garden.

The Community Garden and Orchard's raised beds are ready for planting. The Moose Lake Community Education AGE to age Program has been working on this project for the past two years. They were awarded a generous grant from the Northland Foundation of Duluth. Over twenty raised-garden boxes were constructed. The AGE to age Community Garden and Orchard is located next to the school's bus garage.

Originally the boxes were going to be made by the school's shop class, but that didn't work out this year because the students weren't at school. Instructor Arden Krueger made two prototypes, videotaping the process for his students. Community Education Coordinator Vicki Radzak along with the help of her husband, son, daughters, father, mother, siblings and nephews made the other twenty. They were able to utilize the entire shop room and tools on evenings and weekends.

Rory Butkiewicz is putting up chain link fencing (recycled from the old school) around the raised beds. In the future, fruit trees will be added, various learning centers, benches and a heavy focus on pollination enhancements. There are three Master Gardeners on their board of directors, ready to assist with any planting, growing and harvesting questions.

The AGE to age Program has hosted many inter-generational activities at school and the Farmers' Market. The pavilion in Generations Park (named by Mayor Ted Shaw) near the hockey arena was their last big project. The benches, flower gardens and the KIDS Plus After-School Enrichment Program were also done by the AGE to age committee.

For more information or to plant one of the boxes in the community garden, contact Vicki Radzak at or call 218-485-4435, extension 1602.


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