Gardens growing through community involvement
Community gardens have been sprouting up in the area.
Central Community Gardens has locations in Hammond and Roberts and space is still available for residents interested in renting a plot for the summer.
The Roberts community garden is 1,600 square feet and is located at Cross Lutheran Church, 1246 County Road TT. There are two community garden locations in Hammond; St. Mary's Catholic Church at 1265 Ridgeway St. starts at 2,400 square feet and the lot starting at 8,000 square feet is located in the Hammond Industrial Park at 1420 Fithian St.
Although the plots opened in April, Master Gardener Mike Deneen said the idea for the community gardens started last fall.
Some of the goals of the nonprofit Central Community Gardens is for communities to grow together by making garden space available for those individuals who don't have their own land or who need more space to grow their annuals and perennials, to educate residents about the benefits and techniques of good gardening, to create a healthier community through the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and to encourage residents to grow food for others within their community.
"It would be wonderful if gardeners sent the extra food from their gardens to the seniors citizens or food shelf," Deneen said.
Deneen said the community gardens are a cost effective way for residents to eat healthy and spend time outside during the summer months.
There are three types of plots available to residents: annual, tall crops or others (perennials, trees, berries, etc.)
Each gardener is required to pay of $28 for a 10-by-20 foot plot or $38 for a 20-by-20 foot plot, and six cents per square foot there after. A $10 security deposit is also requested.
According to the rental agreement, "if you have interest or ambition but the rent is a stretch, arrangements can be made."
The tilled plots open in April and close on October 15 (weather permitting).
At the end of the season users will mow mulch, compost leaves and plant debris and the CCG will till and amend the soil.
Deneen said CCG is working to secure grants to supplement the community gardens.
He said CCG is also looking for supporters or volunteers who would be willing to donate money, time or resources.
Anyone interested in participating in the Hammond or Roberts community gardens is encouraged to call or email one of the CCG coordinators.
Mike Deneen; firstname.lastname@example.org; 715-386-9792 (any time)