For his Boy Scout Troup 945 Eagle project, Pleasanton resident and Hart Middle School student Max McGee knew he had to create something unique and special.
Brainstorming with his parents and Sunflower Hill board members, they came up with a perfect project – a 3’ x 6’ x 7’ produce stand for Sunflower Hill Gardens at Hagemann Ranch in Livermore.
McGee, age 14, had visited the one-acre garden in September 2016. He was inspired to create a sustainable, practical and sturdy produce stand since garden volunteers currently use portable tables to display the food for sale.
“This project was important to me because I could see how Sunflower Hill could benefit from it. I think what Sunflower Hill does for our community is very important and I’m proud to be able to help,” said McGee.
The produce stand meets several needs, noted Lynn Monica, Director of Sunflower Hill Gardens. “It’s great that Max designed this as a portable stand. It’s sturdy and durable yet flexible enough that we can take it on the road. We’re anxious to showcase the talents of this remarkable young man.”
McGee’s Scout Master, Dale Miller also validated the efforts. “I love these type of Eagle projects because they provide leadership experience and an opportunity to give back to our community,” said Miller. “Max organized this quite well. We were able to complete his project on time with minimal manpower.”
His parents, George and Donna McGee agreed. “We are very pleased with the enthusiasm and leadership Max portrayed during his years in scouting. We couldn’t be more proud of him.”
“The timing is perfect,” noted Monica. “We’re harvesting our winter crops right now and our spring planting is set for April 22 (Earth Day) at the Garden.” Currently, swiss chard, radishes, broccoli rabe, and broccoli is available for purchase via the McGee Produce Stand on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Hagemann Ranch from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Hagemann Ranch is located at 455 Olivina Road, Livermore. In 2016, more than 9600 pounds of vegetables and fruits were grown and harvested – more than 70 percent of which was donated to local food banks and shelters. Sunflower Hill Gardens operates vocational training programs in horticulture for individuals with special needs. For more information visit www.sunflowerhill.org.