Master Korners Community Garden Need Tools and Seeds

Recently someone scaled a 12-foot fence around the Master Korners Community Garden within Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park and stole gardening tools and a summer's worth of ripe fruits and vegetables planted and grown by local youth. Started three years ago by a California State University - Bakersfield student with donations from the community, the garden helps children learn to grow their own food, eat healthy, and have a positive life experience.

The community has already responded with generous donations including $500 from the Service Employees International Unit, Local 521. However, more financial assistance is needed to help the kids and their volunteer leader, Ms. Ruby Harris, start replanting the garden.

"We're asking the community to come forward and donate more tools and seeds so that the kids can start replanting as soon as possible," says Vicki Avila, chief white collar shop steward for the City of Bakersfield chapter of SEIU, Local 521. "In this difficult economic time, donation money is harder to come by, and the city's budget is not as flexible as it once was for special projects."

For more information, please contact Dianne Hoover, Director of Recreation and Parks at 326-FUNN (3866).

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