BLOOM project celebrates 25th anniversary

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To the Editor,

How time flies when you are having fun! This is the 25th year of the BLOOM Where You Are Planted Project—pairing “traditional 4-Hers” with those youth having physical and/or cognitive special needs in a program which gives them the opportunity to enjoy the out-of-doors, be involved in horticulture related activities, and develop friendships to last a lifetime.

I was introduced to BLOOM in the fall of 1990, after the first successful summer session. The late Dr. Gordon Wuethrich—Extension Agriculture Agent and visionary of the BLOOM project; Tina Podboy-Laufer—Coordinator of Education at Hidden Lake Gardens; and Cathy Clement—4-H/AG Program Associate invited others to come to Hidden Lake Gardens to hear about BLOOM.

Two of my daughters and I went and listened to the presentation about the grant obtained from the Kellogg Foundation, the summer program, the soon to be constructed wheelchair accessible raised beds, the proposed wheelchair trail and handicap van and the invitation to be involved with this special project.

What a blessing it has been for us and for many youth and adults in Lenawee county. If you have been involved and have things to share, whether pictures or memories, and/or would like to be included in special activities this year or next, share information with me, Karen Siebarth, at 451-8263 or with the MSUE 4-H BLOOM at 264-5300. Thank you!

God’s blessings on Deb Weuthrich, whose daughter Michelle, was the inspiration for husband, Gordon, to lovingly work at creating BLOOM. All of us at BLOOM are thankful to your family for creating this special gift for us! Enjoy your retirement in your home state of New York and keep all of your memories of your family close to your heart.

Karen Siebarth

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