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Published: 5/28/2014 - Updated: 1 year ago


Weed It & Reap: Joe Balderas

Joe Balderas is the garden and buildings administrator at Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center in Old South Toledo. In 2002, the center opened at the former Horn Hardware Store at 1224 Broadway St in Old South Toledo. It’s now the event space where plans call for the 2015 installation of a commercial kitchen where youngsters will be taught how to eat, cook, and preserve vegetables. CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND START SLIDESHOW

A chicken coop is being built. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A chicken coop is being built.
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Joe Balderas trims a strawberry plant before it's planted in a vertical basket. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Joe Balderas trims a strawberry plant before it's planted in a vertical basket.
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Joe Balderas sorts and trims strawberry plants. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Joe Balderas sorts and trims strawberry plants.
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Alyssa Birkhimer, 5, climbs on a tree stump frog as Madison Harmon, 12,  and Arianna Willis, 12 , right, weed a garden in a field near the Sofia Quintero Center. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Alyssa Birkhimer, 5, climbs on a tree stump frog as Madison Harmon, 12, and Arianna Willis, 12 , right, weed a ...
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Vertical strawberry baskets. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Vertical strawberry baskets.
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Flowers in bloom at the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Flowers in bloom at the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center.
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Strawberry plants rise from the ground. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Strawberry plants rise from the ground.
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A painted fence is ready to be put to use. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A painted fence is ready to be put to use.
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Madison Harmon, 12,  left, and Arianna Willis, 12 , right, weed a garden. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Madison Harmon, 12, left, and Arianna Willis, 12 , right, weed a garden.
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Abby Guenin, 14, left, and Maya Harmon, 12, paint butterfly boxes. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Abby Guenin, 14, left, and Maya Harmon, 12, paint butterfly boxes.
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Sign in a garden near the Sofia Quintero Center. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Sign in a garden near the Sofia Quintero Center.
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Joe Balderas wheels strawberry plants. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Joe Balderas wheels strawberry plants.
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Joe Balderas plants strawberry plants in vertical baskets. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Joe Balderas plants strawberry plants in vertical baskets.
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Sign in a garden near the Sofia Quintero Center. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Sign in a garden near the Sofia Quintero Center.
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Colorful signs on a garden structure. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Colorful signs on a garden structure.
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A bird bath and wood sculpture. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A bird bath and wood sculpture.
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Joe Balderas helps Arianna Willis, 12, as they paint butterfly boxes. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Joe Balderas helps Arianna Willis, 12, as they paint butterfly boxes.
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The colorful garden. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The colorful garden.
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Joe Balderas sorts strawberry plants before they are planted in vertical baskets. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Joe Balderas sorts strawberry plants before they are planted in vertical baskets.
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Riley Kanary, 9, paints a butterfly box. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Riley Kanary, 9, paints a butterfly box.
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Colorfully painted objects such as this split rail fence are a hallmark. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Colorfully painted objects such as this split rail fence are a hallmark.
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Flowers in bloom. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Flowers in bloom.
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Peter Meinecke, Volunteer and Development Coordinator at the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center, and Joe Balderas, sort and trim strawberry plants on of the center's gardens. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Peter Meinecke, Volunteer and Development Coordinator at the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center, and Joe Balderas, sort and trim ...
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Tulips in bloom. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Tulips in bloom.
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Items to be used in the garden are neatly arranged. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Items to be used in the garden are neatly arranged.
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A bird house on a garden structure. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A bird house on a garden structure.
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Tonia Birkhimer and her twin five year old daughters Alyssa, left, and Sophia, paint butterfly boxes. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Tonia Birkhimer and her twin five year old daughters Alyssa, left, and Sophia, paint butterfly boxes.
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Madison Harmon, 12,  left, and Arianna Willis, 12 , right, weed a garden. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Madison Harmon, 12, left, and Arianna Willis, 12 , right, weed a garden.
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