Knicely Done: Nebraska Children's Home Society Garden

If you help them plant it, they will come. Nebraska Children's Home Society has a winning outreach to their neighbors.

The annual spring planting event at the garden plots provided by NCHS on it's Omaha property near Fontenelle Blvd and Ames included live music and great fellowship.

"I grow onions, lettuce, spinach," said Pearline Brodsky who lives nearby.
"It's just wonderful and relaxing, and they have a great staff to help you."

NCHS workers and volunteers like Matt Freeman of United Methodist Ministries were on hand for the heavy lifting as new rich soil was added to the various garden plots.

"And here's the great thing," said Freeman. "All of our seedlings are grown by the youth at Blackburn School in OPS."

Linda Washington said "I appreciate the free space because I don't have room for a garden in my yard. I've been planting here four years and the first time I pulled up a carrot it was great! I felt like a little child!"

And kids were also on hand for the first day of planting. Eleven-year old Lily explained how gardening has taught her discipline.

"Before when my Dad asked me to help, I would play and not help. Now it's better."

Nebraska Children's Home Society has provided care for children and support for families since 1893. For more information click on the link included with this story.

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