Community garden needs volunteers

Produce raised at Auburn site helps feed the needy
By: Kylea Scott Journal correspondent
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Last year, about 21,000 pounds of vegetables were donated to the Salvation Army. The vegetables were grown, harvested and delivered by volunteers at Virgil Traynor?s community garden, according to Jan Haldeman, volunteer coordinator. Traynor started this garden about four years ago, Haldeman said. Each year the vegetables are harvested and donated to the Salvation Army where they are distributed to people in need or to different food closets, Haldeman added. ?It?s a good cause and Virgil is a good man,? he said. As the garden approaches full harvest, they are in need of volunteers. Volunteer duties include picking vegetables, pulling weeds, fertilizing, and some minor maintenance, Haldeman said. During full harvest, Haldeman said he expects it will take four volunteers about three hours per day, for a month and half to harvest everything. Five employees of the Law Offices of Mark Berg will volunteer at the garden Tuesday. These employees are: Mark Berg, attorney; Amber Zehrung, attorney; Sam Berns, attorney; Jessica Schaps, attorney; and Crystal Kinkel, legal secretary. Berg said his office is happy to help whenever possible, and volunteering at the garden was not a requirement. Other staff members were interested in participating, however they had previous commitments, Berg added. Berg said he is excited to see his attorneys get their hands dirty. ?We work in an office all day and we?re in and out of court. This is going to be an absolute pleasure to get out in the sun and do some good work to help a wonderful program here in Auburn,? Berg said. According to Haldeman, everyone at the garden is excited to have the help of Mark Berg and employees. ?It?ll be fun,? he said. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Jan Haldeman at (530) 305-7061.