MLK Day of Service, Working in the Garden

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Volunteers across the city spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day honoring his memory with a day of service. College students pitched in to help prepare a brand new community garden in the old Northeast neighborhood of Pendleton Heights.

The vacant lot at Minnie and Brooklyn will soon be transformed into the Pendleton Heights Community Garden, offering fresh fruit and vegetables to the community. But first it needs to get cleaned up, clear out the trash and debris, and cut down some of the old trees.

HOW TO HELP: Pendleton Hts. community garden

Volunteers from Avila University and Donnelly College also worked on building a compost bin.

It was organized by the neighborhood group and Jerusalem Farm, a place for spiritual retreat and service. They say MLK Day is the perfect time to have volunteers come out and celebrate the spirit of Martin Luther King's dream for America.

"I think the vision of a beloved community was part of Martin Luther King's dream," said Andrea Dutt with Jerusalem Farm, "so we're building community, working and serving our local community, and getting to know one another through the work we do."

A similar garden in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood produced 1,500 pounds of food in its first year alone. If Pendleton Heights gets enough volunteers to help out, they hope to have the garden ready for planting by Feb. 10.



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