Saturday, February 28, 2015

New gardens encourage community spirit

          West Side Community Services is planning to develop a community garden in its own backyard this summer.
Located at 161 Vermont St., the organization is looking for volunteers to help work in the gardens in order to begin growing.
          Executive Director Sandra M. Sheppard said the idea of the gardens was brought up by former board members.
          “The goal of the gardens is to create interest in planting, provide kids with the opportunity to learn about healthy foods and to learn how to grow and eat food,”  Sheppard said.
          This garden will consist of various small gardens and a three sisters garden. Three sisters gardening is a method that uses an intercropping system to grow corn, beans and squash crops simultaneously in the same growing area.The corn grows first, followed by the beans, which grow up the corn. The squash grows last, serving as the foundation to the garden. By Amber Rinard and Dallas Taylor