Rep. LeBlanc (18-Westland) rolled up his sleeves on Monday, July 11 to help with The Grange’s Gardenville community garden project in Garden City. The goal of creating this community garden was to provide a place where anyone, including the elderly or disabled, can help volunteer and give back to the community. Sharon Strebbing, president of The Grange, said she hopes it will be a place to educate the community and show that a big harvest can result, even from a small space.
Rep. LeBlanc came alongside several other volunteers from the Garden City Garden Club, Maxwell’s Art and Treasures, and The Grange to help with weeding and fresh planting. They were able to finish weeding almost the entire garden by the end of the morning. Strebbing said that Rep. LeBlanc was a pleasure to have at their site, and the representative said the garden work was relaxing and therapeutic for him.
The mission of the Grange has changed over the course of the hundred years it has been in operation, but they have always remained tied to their grassroots areas of agriculture, legislation, and community service. “We have been given the opportunity to work in each of our communities when a need has arisen and have brought attention to the city, state, and nation regarding those needs,” said Strebbing. Through projects like business community garden, the Grange has educated and helped communities and officials gain both legislative and agricultural awareness. Their goal is to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to make their community a better place.