Garden harvest helps put fresh produce on people's tables
STERLING – The Giving Garden is sowing kindness and raising hope for the area's hungry.
Sisters-in-law Micki Dettman, 55, and Becky Dettman, 60, both of Sterling, started the nonprofit last year. They have two gardens across the street from one another, in the 900 block of West Seventh Street, and are donating their bounty to people and organizations in need.
"We had talked about doing something like this for a couple years," Micki said. "Becky bought the land next to her house, and then later on the lot across the street came up. It was like it was written in the stars."
"It's definitely a labor of love." Becky added.
Last year they planted 18 fruit trees. This year, they've added peppers and tomatoes, cabbage, garlic, peas, beets, carrots, beans, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, cucumbers and squash.
They don't use any pesticides or chemicals, and all of their plants were donated by Blue Freedom Farm Market, at 1829 Locust St., where Becky works.
They're learning as they grow.