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Special to The Gardner News
The Gardner Community Garden is right now finishing up with the 2013 growing season. I visited the garden on Saturday, and was thrilled when I was given a goody bag to take home after shooting my video. That night I enjoyed eating fresh corn of the cob, vine ripened sliced tomatoes and some of the best tasting watermelon I’ve had this year! Yum!
In this video, garden manager Tom King explains what it’s all about. It is sponsored by the local Knights of Columbus Council. Gardner Community Garden is in honor of Dale and Marcelle Baker, longtime farmers from the community. The land for the garden is located just south of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 555 W. Main St.
GCG’s has about 5 acres of land which is divided into plot gardens to be used by individuals, families, or groups to grow produce for themselves. The remaining three acres will be used as a communal garden to grow bulk crops that take up more space (sweet corn, potatoes, onions, melons, and squash) and be tended by youth groups and local organizations. The produce from the communal garden will be offered first to the plot gardeners at a reduced price to supplement their crops, and the remainder will be given to those in need in the Gardner community. The Garden delivers truckloads of produce to needy people via charitable organizations every week during the growing season.
If you would like to get involved with the Gardner Community Garden, visit their website at http://gardnercommunitygarden.com for more information. They’re also on Facebook.