By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: May 2013
(L to R): Hugh and Juanita Zimmerman of Arms Around BA; Malissa Spacek, founder of BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center; Samm Spacek, community garden project manager; Britt Radford, volunteer; Kirby Jarolim, volunteer; and Marwin Kemp, volunteer. (Not pictured: BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center volunteers Meg Sutherland, marketing director; Melody Spacek, patient care coordinator; and James Cole, office manager).
Since opening BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center in 2010, founders Malissa Spacek and Dr. James Campbell have wondered what to do with the bare plot of land they own directly adjacent to the building. Malissa, a master gardener who has a true passion for using her green thumb, came up with the idea to use the plot for a community garden, with crops that would be donated to those in need in the community.
BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center is proud to announce that their community garden is now in bloom, and the first set of crops is expected to be shared with Broken Arrow residents by the end of May. All fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs will be donated to Arms Around BA (located directly across from BA Med Spa) and to Broken Arrow Neighbors.
People in need who get groceries from food banks typically receive non-perishable items, and the community garden will be an excellent resource to supplement their diets with healthy veggies, fruits and herbs. A total of 48 items have been planted so far, including potatoes, onions, lettuce, strawberries, carrots, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, turnips, tomatoes and cucumbers. “Essentially if it can grow, we are planting it!” says Malissa.
Though the garden had been in Malissa’s mind for quite some time, the idea did not spring into action until she happened to run into Joe Wilkinson, a talented local landscape architect who hosts fundraisers for churches and other organizations to create food-producing community gardens. From that point on, the idea went full speed ahead. Malissa’s son, Samm Spacek, is the community garden’s project manager, and volunteers include Britt Radford, Kirby Jarolim, Marwin Kemp, Melody Spacek, James Cole and Meg Sutherland. “This garden is truly a labor of love,” said Meg, who is also the marketing director of BA Med Spa. “Some of the plants will not yield crops for years, so this is a long-term commitment for us. We’re excited to be able to help feed disadvantaged Broken Arrow residents with fresh fruits and vegetables for many years to come.”
Arms Around BA is an organization that seeks to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of Broken Arrow residents in need. They do so through donations of medical care, personal care items, utility bill assistance, food and more. Learn more at
www.armsaroundba.org. Broken Arrow Neighbors provides basic needs emergency assistance to more than 11,000 financially disadvantaged people in Broken Arrow. They nourish the body with food and the spirit with respect and dignity. Visit www.baneighbors.com for more information.
BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center is committed to improving the lives of others. They offer a variety of options that help people live happier, healthier lives. For more information about their services, visit www.baweightspa.com.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.