"Mud Slingers" sell fresh produce at Evansville mobile home park - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

"Mud Slingers" sell fresh produce at Evansville mobile home park

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

A group of kids at the Westbrook Mobile Home Park take the motto “work hard, play hard” very seriously.

They’re a scrappy and sometimes dirty bunch. For just $0.25, the Mud Slingers will part with a squash, tomato, or green pepper to anyone who lives in the mobile home park.

Unlike your typical corner lemonade stands, the items being sold didn’t come from their parents’ pantries. They grow and sell their own veggies.

Most of the kids come from Highland Elementary. EVSC’s Marsha Jackson says half of the students there who live below the poverty line live at Westbrook.

Mayse Farme Growers and students at the University of Evansville helped the Mud Slingers get their garden club off the ground, and YMCA employees are teaching them how to plant and harvest.

The whole garden club sprouted from an after school tutoring program, called Westbrook Evolution, which brought math and reading help to the kids.

The kids have learned that with a little help, the reward can be bountiful.

For questions about donating to Westbrook Evolution and the Mud Slinger Garden Club, call Sean Kukyendall at the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana at 812.426.6210 x 3348. or email him at kuykendall@ymcaswin.org.

You can also donate back-to-school supplies for Westbrook Evolution’s upcoming back-to-school bash at Salem Methodist Church on Kratzville.

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