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Green Springs charity garden flourishes

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Mark Bailey (l) receives a certificate of appreciation from Michael Seaton president of the Elisabeth Aiken Nolting Charitable Foundation for his involvement with the Bracketts Farm Charity Garden.

Mark Bailey was recognized by the Elisabeth Aiken Nolting Charitable Foundation for his involvement and management of Bracketts Farm charity garden at the foundations board of directors meeting held on Nov. 19.

This year, Bailey coordinated with a group of volunteers and interns delivering more than 8,000 pounds of fresh produce from the Bracketts Charity Garden to the Louisa Food Bank and other charitable organizations in Louisa.

Bracketts Farm charity garden more than doubled their goal of 4,000 pounds for 2012, with help of interns supported by BAMA works, Dave Matthews Band and the Nolting Foundation.

The board praised Bailey for mentoring the young interns who have helped with the garden and performed other work at Bracketts Farm.

“We talked about history, job skills and anything else that I can to help young adults grow in the community,” Bailey said.

Michael Seaton, president of the foundation’s board of directors, said Bailey has always willingly helped with other farm activities around Bracketts, such as providing volunteer opportunities for other service organizations to help beautify and preserve historic Bracketts Farm.

Bailey who had experimental heart surgery in 2007 and is not able to walk from one end of the farm to the other, laughingly said he has nearly worn out his garden tractor.

Bailey said being at Bracketts helps his heart grown stronger and he feels much better being on the farm.

Interns and volunteers tended to the Bracketts Farm Charity Garden with directions from Mike and Lisa Bailey, throughout the growing seasons. Fresh produce was delivered to the Louisa Food Bank and other charitable organizations. Some of the produce raised in the charity garden included tomatoes, yellow and acorn squash, sweet corn, pole and roma beans, cow peas, blue lake beans, cucumbers, zucchini squash and other vegetables.

Seaton presented Bailey with a certificate of achievement and expressed the board’s gratitude to Bailey and his wife Lisa, charity garden co-manager.

“It is our way of giving back and we would like to think that when we are gone, just like Elisabeth, the world will be a better place because we were here,” Bailey said.

To read the entire story, see the Nov. 22 edition of The Central Virginian.