Providence Milwaukie community garden grows to serve

So when the "Green Team" at Providence Milwaukie Hospital launched a community garden last spring, it seemed only natural to donate their organic goodies to those less fortunate. Volunteers throughout the hospital poured their time, energy and sweat equity into building, planting and tending a crop of love and caring.

"We had people from all different departments, anything from nursing to housekeeping to physicians up here and involved," says Carmen Jacobsen, RN, surgical nurse manager at Providence Milwaukie and head gardener for the project. "It was really a great sense of community."

Just up the hill from the hospital, the garden represents the best of everything near and dear to members of the Green Team. Everything is grown organically, previously vacant land is put to good use, and the results support healthier families. Two Clackamas County social service agencies – Hillside Manor and Esther's Pantry – receive the fresh produce and disperse it to needy families.

Providence employees hold planting and weeding parties; many bring their families to help out. Already, the dedicated gardeners are looking to expand. More fruit, more vegetables, maybe even a gazebo. Definitely more love for the earth and a mission of helping others.