LET'S GET GROWING!
May 18, 2012 - Customer and community service have been a large part of Lowe’s commitment to its neighbors for more than 60 years. On May 18, 2012, Lowe's, the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world, partnered with the Community Development Commission (CDC) to help revitalize the Community Resource Center’s (CRC) Children's Community Garden. Thanks to generous in-kind donations from the Norwalk Lowe's store, the youthful gardeners used planting materials to get the starter seedlings ready for a summer garden. Developed as an outdoor, educational enrichment activity for low- and moderate-income students participating in the CRC's Homework Assistance Program, the Children's Community Garden, located within the CRC's grounds, has grown to become one of the students’ most beloved accomplishments.
Utilizing donated bags of soil, plant food, seeds, and starter fruit and vegetable plants, students took part in the horticulture lessons taught by an expert-member of the Lowe's Gardening Department. Working late into the afternoon, students removed weeds, aerated the soil, planted tomato vines, carrot seeds, and an assortment of other plants. Despite the dirty hands and hard work, students were excited about the planting experience and are watching for signs of new growth. Thanks to the partnership created by the CDC and Lowe's, these budding gardeners are learning the rewards of cultivating healthy crops in their own backyard.