Grow a row yields produce for H.E.L.P. House


By Dean Shipley - dshipley@civitasmedia.com



St. Patrick third-grader, Nick Furbee, stands with the produce he grew in his garden with his grandfather, Francis Furbee. The produce was donated to the H.E.L.P. House on Monday, July 20. The wax beans were donated by his neighbor, Don Hemmelgarn.

St. Patrick third-grader, Nick Furbee, stands with the produce he grew in his garden with his grandfather, Francis Furbee. The produce was donated to the H.E.L.P. House on Monday, July 20. The wax beans were donated by his neighbor, Don Hemmelgarn.


Dean Shipley | The Advocate

A call went out; one responded. The fruits of his labors will be enjoyed by many.

Nick Furbee, 8, brought to the H.E.L.P. House on Monday, July 20, a pickup truck bed loaded with baskets of fresh produce. (Yes, his dad, Matt, was driving).

In those baskets were freshly picked vegetables: sweet corn, wax beans, broccoli, potatoes (two varieties), cabbage, carrots, and onions.

Furbee loves to garden with his grandfather, Francis Furbee, who lives next door on Armstrong Road in Union Township. It was mentioned to Nick that the H.E.L.P. House requested gardeners to “grow another row” for its clients.

So he did it.

Furbee said because of the overabundance of rain, entering the garden plot to weed with his hoe has been difficult.

“Because of the rain, it took a long time,” Furbee said.

Some of his produce grew well enough to compete at the Madison County Fair. Furbee was awarded two first-place finishes for two varieties of potatoes, and he won second place in open class for his green beans.

Furbee has learned it takes hard work, a dedicated time commitment and some money to grow a garden. The money is needed to buy the seeds, he said.

As the Furbees brought the produce into the H.E.L.P. House building, Debbie Hopkins, managing in Dee Heilman’s absence, was genuinely surprised.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said with a smile. “We don’t have too many growing for us. We need more people like him.”

Furbee is the son of Kristin and Matt Furbee and will be in third grade at St. Patrick School.

Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley

St. Patrick third-grader, Nick Furbee, stands with the produce he grew in his garden with his grandfather, Francis Furbee. The produce was donated to the H.E.L.P. House on Monday, July 20. The wax beans were donated by his neighbor, Don Hemmelgarn.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2015/07/web1_NickFurbeeProduce.jpgSt. Patrick third-grader, Nick Furbee, stands with the produce he grew in his garden with his grandfather, Francis Furbee. The produce was donated to the H.E.L.P. House on Monday, July 20. The wax beans were donated by his neighbor, Don Hemmelgarn. Dean Shipley | The Advocate

By Dean Shipley

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