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New community garden comes to Walworth County

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Catherine W. Idzerda
May 8, 2008
— Sunshine and space.

That’s all it takes to make a garden grow.


This summer, Walworth County and UW Extension are giving residents a chance to create their own little garden spots.


On May 17, UW Extension Walworth County will open its new community gardens on the south side of County NN, just west of the new Lakeland School and across the street from the Lakeland Health Care Center, Elkhorn.


“We’ve had requests for a community garden for several years,” said Peg Reedy, agriculture educator with UW Extension Walworth County.


People can rent a 20-by-20-foot plot for $20 or a 20-by-30-foot plot for $30. Kids who want a garden of their own can rent a 10-by-10-foot plot for $2. A limited number of raised beds also will be available for $20.


Water will be available on site.


The plots will open Saturday, May 17, weather permitting.


“We’ve had requests for community gardens for several years,” Reedy said.


She is working with UW Extension horticulture educator Chrissy Regester to organize and coordinate the garden.


Extension staff will use two plots for educational programming and plan to reach out to low-income groups through the nutrition program.


They’ll also be doing programs with Lakeland School and Lakeland Heath Care Center.


More people want the chance to grow their own food, Reedy said. Food safety and security, the price of groceries and the desire to eat healthier, locally grown food are just a few of the issues.


“We also want to get families outdoors and doing things,” Reedy said.


The land for the gardens is located on the old county farm, and Both Reedy and Regester said they are grateful to Walworth County for allowing them to use the space for the gardens.


JUST THE FACTS

What: Walworth County UW Extension Community Gardens.


Where: South side of County NN, just west of the new Lakeland School and across the street from the Lakeland Health Care Center, Elkhorn.


When: The tentative opening date for the garden is May 17, weather permitting. Produce must be harvested and plots cleaned by Friday, Oct. 31.


Cost: A 20-by-20-foot plot is $20; a 20-by-30-foot plot for $30; kids 10-by-10-foot plots are $2. A limited number of raised beds will also be available for $20.


For more information or to sign up: Go to www.uwex.edu/ces/cty/walworth/ or call the UW Extension office at (262) 741-4951.



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