Community garden owes success to many

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By The Staff

The Lancaster County Community Garden Council would like to acknowledge and thank the individuals and groups who support the Lancaster County community garden. Thank you, Ben and Susan Snipes and the Carolinas Cowboy Church for opening the 2010 season with an old-fashioned mule plow day.

Thanks to Pastor Jack Nunn and his wife, Pat, and Carolinas Cowboy Church, Lisa and Wayne Jordan and their son, Alston, Melton “Hoot” Gibson, Don Walters, Bud Limas, Frank Burgos, Jimmy Blackmon, J.L. Sandifer and Shelby Caldwell for making plow day a tremendous success.

We thank Regina Butz, owner of Ace Hardware and Garden Center of Lancaster. She worked with Bonnie plants and donated pepper, tomato and eggplant plants. Wal-mart manager Chris Tipton provided bottled water.

The city of Lancaster Public Works is providing the water for the garden. PODS has provided a storage container and Home and Hobby Solutions provided sponsorship. We thank Adam Quay for creating the new logo for the Lancaster County Community Garden T-shirt.

The volunteer-led Lancaster County Community Garden is a collaboration of United Way of Lancaster County and Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department. We thank the local United Way board and Frank Overcash and the staff at Parks and Recreation.

This is the beginning of our second season. We are located on Springdale Road above the Melvin Steele soccer fields. There are 88 10x20 plots in our garden and all plots have been taken and planted.

Typically, community gardens provide space, tools and experience for individual gardeners to grow vegetables. Gardeners are expected to plant, water and weed their garden plot. A great deal of effort is required of each participant to produce the beautiful vegetables. The community garden is not intended to provide produce directly to those who have not joined and participated in the work of gardening.

Many of our participants provide vegetables from their plots to Christian Services and others in Lancaster. We ask people who are not participants to refrain from picking from the Lancaster County Community Garden.

To view pictures from plow day and the Lancaster County Community Garden, go to www.uwaylcsc.org.

Again, thanks to all the people and groups who made the garden possible. We are very grateful to all who continue to make this effort possible.

Thank you to all who have expressed support for our efforts to provide for a volunteer-led community garden in Lancaster.

Jennifer Duffell-Holmes is the volunteer coordinator for the community garden.