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There are six raised beds at YWCA's Aquatics & Fitness Center at East that constitute the community garden, of which all aspects are dependent upon the gardener. Who is this magical green thumb? That would be Myron, the wonderful man who has volunteered his time to the YWCA community garden for 17 years. Gardening has been a part of Myron’s life ever since he was a child “I grew up on a farm and what we raised was what we had to eat. Our gardens were a huge part of our life. Each day my dad would come in from the field and we would all go out to the garden as a family and help out,” described Myron. This remained a passion of his throughout his life.
There was only one time he can remember when his mother convinced him to sell his produce to the school in his town. “I thought why did I sell those cucumbers to them? Why in the world didn’t I just give them to the school?” Myron explained. He easily admitted that it cost very little to grow and he didn’t need the money. “For the rest of my life I gave the extra produce I had away for free. I like to live by the golden rule. If someone benefits from the community garden then the hope is that they would turn around and do a favor of some other form for someone else,” he said. “When my wife and I had our first daughter, she wanted to be a stay at home mom. So we made an agreement, I would make the living and she would make the living worthwhile.” After retiring in 1997 Myron heard about the YWCA community garden from a neighbor and was initially interested in finding a place to raise his own tomatoes. Little did he realize it would become a second home to him.
Before Myron arrived the garden was in very poor shape and it was not producing anything. Very few people were interested in tending to the garden at that time, other than a Boy Scout who helped build some raised beds. Myron was impressed with what he had done and did not want to see the young boy’s hard work go to waste. That was when he decided to volunteer his time to take care of the garden.
During the spring and summer Myron is usually at the garden every day. However, during the winter months he only needs to visit a few days a week to keep up with the garden since it doesn’t have to be watered or looked at every day. The garden has not only been a happy place for many people, but has served as a free source of food for many in need. Produce from YWCA community garden is not a member benefit, it is available to anyone in the community if you happen to be in the right place at the right time. There was one time Myron had four year old children help plant tulips in the garden so they could have fresh flowers to bring home to their mothers and fathers. He also planted daffodils so the ladies in the pool could look out and enjoy the beautiful flowers while they are working out.
After Myron’s many years of hard work and dedication, it is his time to retire. “I would like to see it kept up. I don’t know what will happen to it. Let’s face it; the raised beds that were built back in 1998 are starting to decay. So the beds will have to be rebuilt if it continues,” Myron explained. “If people are willing to keep it up that would be wonderful.”
Myron leaves us with these wise words, “The days in which you go home satisfied, are the days youfeel like you accomplished something.” Myron mentions again the golden rule, to let us enjoy, be grateful, and remember that if it is practiced by everyone benefiting, the garden will produce more than just vegetables.