coordinator at Easter. As fate would have it, Loaves & Fishes started setting up gardens throughout the Twin Cities, including at Easter, to provide fresh food at their meal sites.
Jackson provided the idea. Easter provided the land. The plot of land picked for the gardens had seen better days. After many months of heavy construction equipment, the north end of the Lake parking lot had been reduced to dirt littered with old, unused retaining wall blocks. The construction of the new patio left Easter with an overabundance of the large blocks.
Jackson had initially envisioned ten smaller wooden gardens. The resourceful Boy Scout seized the opportunity to reuse the retaining wall blocks. It meant he could construct two smaller wooden gardens and one larger garden.
During a warm July week, Jackson and 31 volunteers pulled together to create the gardens and complete his Eagle Scout project. He said, “It is a relief that I have this project done.It was a lot to handle in its planning and building stages.”
Construction was complete on the raised gardens, but they were still missing a key element.