Tricounty News

Haiti benefit

The 19th Annual Benefit to support Haitian vegetable garden leaders and gardeners in Haiti will take place Sunday, Sept. 6, at the southeast corner of Highway 55 and County Road 8 in Maple Lake starting at 9 a.m., with lunch at 11 and program at 1 p.m.

Celidon Jean Antoine and his helpers from the small country town of Gonaive reached 658 persons this past garden season producing thousands of dollars of produce for their families and communities.

Since 1986 Celidon has taught composting to build the soil, plant nurseries to conserve water, space and to speed the growth of vegetables, as well as continuous planting, instead of one-season cropping.

Do stop on by to support this program with your purchase of wonderful fresh garden vegetables, baked goods, plants, canned goods and crafts, such as matching aprons for adult and child.

Also, place your order for fresh organic coffee from Haiti and superb baking vanilla.

At the 1 p.m. program this year you will be able to learn more about Haiti from those who have been there on mission trips.

Lisa VanDyke from Minneapolis has gone there on water and construction projects; Don Kelly from Anoka, assists at Brother Michael's Home for Boys, and will bring some Haitian crafts to share. And we will learn more about the local Square Foot Garden Program as well as the activity in Haiti this past year from Pat and Connie Lahr, with a welcome to come along in January 2010.

Of course, there will be old-time music to enjoy, games, hair coloring and face painting for kids and adults alike.

Call Connie for more information at (320) 963-3690.