A community garden for Glenwood City

Submitted by Julie Hawley

Looking for a space to plant a vegetable garden? Always wanted to try growing vegetables, but your yard is too shady, too sloped or too wet? Next season, there will be a garden spot for you.

Plans are being rekindled for a community garden in Glenwood City. A group of local gardeners is in the process of acquiring a suitable piece of land for a garden and planning to prepare the ground for planting next season. That may seem like a long time to wait, but good soil preparation, like most good things, takes time.

The idea of a community garden is not new to Glenwood. In 2010 a group of interested residents, under the coordination of then Community Education Director Leah Rule, laid considerable groundwork for establishing a community garden in Glenwood City. They researched neighboring community gardens, rules, rental agreements and evaluated potential sites. They developed a management plan.

Now, in 2013, the idea of a community garden is more popular than ever. People are interested in improving their diets, consuming locally grown produce and getting some exercise while reducing family budgets. Besides, gardening is fun! A community garden offers the opportunity to meet fellow gardeners and share ideas and maybe a tomato or two.

Interested? Let’s get talking about a community garden in Glenwood City! Questions? Ideas? Comments? Please contact Barb Nelson at bjnels@gmail.com