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Fresh and free vegetables are bringing community members together

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Nad Geraldson, Volunteer Nad Geraldson, Volunteer
Todd Huffman, Garden Coordinator Todd Huffman, Garden Coordinator
Debbie Moorhouse, Volunteer Debbie Moorhouse, Volunteer
La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

A garden that made its roots 17 years ago continues to sprout in the community. 

Fresh and free are two words to describe the vegetables at the Kane Street Community Garden. 

The garden spans across two city blocks and produces on average 25,000 to 30,000 pounds of vegetables each year. 

Nad Geraldson, a volunteer at the garden said there's a deeper impact that stems from the plans grown. 

"The garden grows vegetables and vegetables feed people. Not only does the garden grow vegetables but they grow organic vegetables, they're close to home, and so our vegetables have the highest nutrient value of any food product that I know of in this area. So it's good for everyone," said Geraldson. 

The Kane Street Community Garden is open Monday through Saturday, but harvest and distribution days tend to draw in the most people.

Todd Huffman, Garden Coordinator at the Kane Street Community Garden said many people lend a helping hand on harvest days. 

"Those are the days when most of the people come here. So you get to see a lot of your neighbors and people that live around the La Crosse area and we're doing it all together," said Huffman. 

Harvest and distribution occur Monday and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

The garden does more than just produce fresh vegetables, it helps volunteers grow relationships. 

Debbie Moorhouse has helped at the garden for nearly 15 years. She said new found friendships and friendly faces are what keeps her coming back.

"My favorite part is the people that you meet, new acquaintances and new friends and they last a lifetime. There's joy in coming because you just get to see these people and they're just called my garden buddies," said Moorhouse. 

The garden is maintained completely by volunteers, if you would like to learn how you can lend a helping hand, check out the link below. 

MORE INFORMATION: The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse

MORE INFORMATION: Kane Street Community Garden 

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