Down But Not Out
by Albert Brian Vick Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator
The post-Irene scene at the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden was a little disheartening at first, but that was before two volunteers from Luck Stone showed up. Sort of like a boxer after a bad first round getting a jolt of energy from the fans, we pulled ourselves up by our boot laces and started getting down to business.
Joy Cook & Roger Levesque, representing Luck Stone Corporation – one of the largest, family-owned and operated aggregates companies in the U.S, showed up undismayed and ready to work. We first harvested what we could – and for the first time this season the group of tomatoes allocated to the compost heap exceeded the count of tomatoes we crated for the Community Kitchen. Joy & Roger then moved to the next most important task, beginning to restore the vines to a vertical position. By the end of the morning work session there was a noticeable and critical improvement.