The Kiwanis Club of imperial Beach/South Bay held the Kiwanis Kids Garden event “Stake your Claim” for dozens of children and their families Saturday, June 27. The day was perfect with the clouds softly traveling through the sky as the children learned of gardening.

Each child was given a garden stake earlier in the month to paint or decorate and then a pack of seeds. The participants then planted a few seeds in pre dug holes in homeowner’s yards bordering the Tijuana Estuary.

Donuts were provided by Freshh Donuts of Palm City and water, masks and hand sanitizer by the Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis Club welcomed new volunteers Joanne Collier, formerly of Massachusetts and Sha Ron Cobb to the garden.

The garden project originated with IB local, Leon “Farmer Leon” Benham. His concept was to create a garden environment where people could be together, plant, socialize and do good things. He welcomes you to come by and visit any day. The Gardens are located on the Estuary path between Oneonta and Iris Avenues.

Kiwanis is a global organization of local volunteers improving the world, one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis meets via Zoom twice a month and sincerely hopes for an in person event soon. They do many local events including the Fishing Derby, Ocean Discovery, PaintIB and high school scholarships.

For more information, please call Shirley at 619-787-7093 and visit

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