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The Community Garden is thriving in its third year at its location on the corner of East Monroe Street and South Harrison Street, across from Heritage Park Apartments in Mount Ayr. It has attracted more attention this year as additional grant moneys come in for the garden. As more produce is planted, the garden is looking for additional hands to help with weeding, watering, and harvesting.
A schedule is being developed for any groups interested in volunteering. Groups can pick a week at a time during the summer months to take charge of the garden. Other garden volunteers will be happy to assist in educating on weed maintenance and directions for what to do with the produce once it has been harvested such as drop-offs to the Neighborhood Center or deliveries to families. If your church, group of friends, or sports team has interest in giving back to the community please reach out to get on the schedule!
Many groups and individuals have already been stepping up and working at or donating to the Garden. The Mount Ayr 1st United Methodist Church incorporated the Garden into their Stations of the Cross lessons for youth and had a windy day of planting. A local donation of rhubarb plants is making its way into the garden. Craig and Suz Winemiller have generously donated their excess enriched soil and Graves Forestry has supplied mulch. Morgan Quick and the Mount Ayr Chapter of FFA is helping with plant starts again this year.
“It’s amazing to see the community support we have for the Garden,” said Andy Kellner, Community Garden volunteer. “It’s a passion for people, but it is also the opportunity to do good and give back to the community. We cannot thank everyone enough.”
Volunteering at the Community Garden is a great way to provide community service while also getting fun time outside for all age groups. As a side bonus, any produce the volunteers wish to take home they are welcome to.
To get on the calendar to volunteer or questions call Andy Kellner 712.621.4227. If you see a weed in the garden, just pull it! And please, come enjoy and share the produce.