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Garden Volunteers Get Their Hands Dirty

This week kids in Sioux Falls are planting seeds and sprouts in four raised garden beds next to a parking lot. A few days ago, we brought you a conversation from Ground Works-Midwest about teaching gardens. Volunteers have now constructed more places for food to grow.

Listen to this story to visit the build. Volunteers wield drills to create the structure for four raised garden beds. Two-year-olds haul buckets of compost across the yard. A dump truck delivers dirt, and workers use shovels and wheelbarrows to ready the environment for seeds and sprouts.

The gardens are soon to be the source for ingredients on pizza. One raised bed contains a salad bar. Another is full of underground surprises like carrots and potatoes - all food that grows in the ground. With the latest installation in Sioux Falls, Ground Work-Midwest is up to 72 raised teaching gardens.

Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Kealey Bultena grew up in South Dakota, where her grandparents took advantage of the state’s agriculture at nap time, tricking her into car rides to “go see cows.” Rarely did she stay awake long enough to see the livestock, but now she writes stories about the animals – and the legislature and education and much more. Kealey worked in television for four years while attending the University of South Dakota. She started interning with South Dakota Public Broadcasting in September 2010 and accepted a position with television in 2011. Now Kealey is the radio news producer stationed in Sioux Falls. As a multi-media journalist, Kealey prides herself on the diversity of the stories she tells and the impact her work has on people across the state. Kealey is always searching for new ideas. Let her know of a great story! Find her on Facebook and twitter (@KealeySDPB).
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