OSF Seeds Community Garden
June 1, 2023
ROCKFORD—OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center is opening the Healing and Wellness Community Garden to help area people in need.
 
The garden is a collaboration of the OSF STRIVE Trauma Recovery Center and the Family Peace Center. 
“The garden will be an opportunity for Mission Partners and community members to work together to grow food that will then be donated to local food banks and those in need,” said Therasa Yehling, manager of the OSF STRIVE Trauma Recovery Center. 
 
“We are excited to provide our community with this opportunity. We have had great community support already, but we are always looking for volunteers and donations to keep our garden successful and to continue to benefit our community,” she said.
 
A kick-off planting event with volunteers was scheduled June 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, and June 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. 
 
The garden is located at the OSF Annex building at 5701 Strathmoor Dr. in Rockford.
 
In addition to human helpers, the garden also needs chicken wire, potting soil, zip ties, garden soil, peat moss, compost, marigolds  and nasturtium (seeds or plants), flowers, large flowerpots, and gardening tools (new or used).
 
To participate, contact Kristina Kuksukat Kristina.M.Kuksuk@osfhealthcare.org
 
To donate to garden needs, contact Ryan Duvall at Ryan.R.Duvall@osfhealthcare.org.
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