4-H club to join with Gleaners for gardening project

Children in a Van Buren 4-H club will create a garden with the purpose of donating produce to those in need.
The Millstream Farmers club will create 10 raised garden beds in the 100 block of North Main Street in Findlay from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday as part of the Join Hands with the Gleaners project.
The students will plant vegetables which will be donated to Chopin Hall or the City Mission to help fill the needs of the Halt Hunger initiative in Hancock County.
Along with the 4-H club and the Gleaners, a fraternal benefit society of the Gleaner Life Insurance Society, United Way is also a partner in the project.
Club adviser Kathy McGrain said the 4-H club previously participated in a food packaging project at Findlay High School where more than 1,500 meals were packaged and donated to Halt Hunger.
Saturday is the Gleaners’ National Join Hands Day and Gleaners will be working with groups around the country. The Gleaners are donating money to buy the materials for the garden and the 4-H club is supplying the labor.
McGrain said her hope is that the children will learn that there are people in the community who are in need. Since most of the members of the Gleaners are seniors, the children will also get the experience of working intergenerationally, she said.
She said it taps into the 4-H project skills of woodworking, gardening, communication and leadership.
The children participating in the project range in age from 6-year-old Cloverbuds to 18-year-olds. Most are students in Van Buren schools with a few from Liberty-Benton and McComb schools.

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