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New garden beds for Meals on Wheels thanks to WPS

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A view of the garden beds Wisconsin Public Service and Meals on Wheels helped to put together.
Around 40 different varieties of vegetables are planted in the beds this year, totaling over 1,500 individual plants.
The garden beds are on WPS property, but leased to Meals on Wheels to grow vegetables for meals.
A view of the garden beds Wisconsin Public Service and Meals on Wheels helped to put together.

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - Sheboygan County’s Meals on Wheels and Wisconsin Public Service held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning for its raised garden beds which will be providing food for the Meals on Wheels program.

Ted Vallis of WPS said they provided $25,000 and the land along Wildwood Avenue to get the job done.  Once they cleared the use of the land for gardens from the state and signed a lease with Meals on Wheels, the 18 forty foot long raised beds were constructed last month.  They were completed with help from 70 volunteers that included Meals on Wheels staff, Sheboygan Mayor Mike Vandersteen, Boy Scouts and members of a local carpenters union.

Kelly Heyn, CEO of Meals on Wheels, said the garden beds now hold 1500 plants of 40 different varieties of vegetables.  She said they received a donation of seeds, and used local high school students to begin growing the plants before they were transplanted to the beds.

Some of the vegetables will be ready for use in meals in a few weeks.

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