Green thumbs wanted for community garden effort

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published May 10, 2017

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local business is hoping to grow some community camaraderie and support for veterans with a new garden to be planted this month.

Kaul Funeral Home is looking for green thumbs, and those who just want to help, to install and maintain a community garden on the north side of the VFW Bruce Post 1146 property west of Lake St. Clair. 

Stephanie Kiras and Danielle Girard are funeral directors at Kaul who are looking for ways to engage the community and the younger people who live here.

“We wanted to encompass everybody and do something that would make it look pretty,” Kiras said. 

They are in the process of building two 4-by-48-foot beds and are asking the community to come out and help plant the garden beginning at noon May 27. Then members will get together Wednesdays from 5 p.m. until dark and every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon June through September.

“We both live in the Shores, so we want some cool place to go,” Girard said. “A lot of the younger generation is moving back to St. Clair Shores, so just to give them a place to help out, give them something to do.”

Volunteers should bring tools, while Kaul Funeral Home is sponsoring the garden and will provide the plants, including tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, corn, green beans, onions, potatoes, carrots and celery. Girard said the dirt for the project was donated.

The produce grown will likely be sold at the St. Clair Shores Farmers Market in exchange for donations to a veterans support group. Kiras said they also hope that veterans will come out and work in the garden, as well.

“We want to ... have them come out too, give them something to do, something to be proud of,” she said. 

Any organization or volunteer that wants to help can call Kaul at (586) 775-2424, or find the project on Facebook at Kaul Funeral Home Bruce Post Community Garden.

Local businesses, including Gypsi Dreamz and The Rustic Root, are participating in the event as well. 

“Just come out and help,” Kiras said.