Community garden showing signs of growth

Herald Staff Writer

The Dubois County Community Garden has shown signs of growth as the second season begins to wind down.

Though just one more 10-by-15 plot was rented this year than last year, 20 compared to 19, gardeners seemed more active overall, according to Becky Beckman of Tri-Cap, the leading organization behind the garden.

“I feel good that this project is going to keep growing,” she said.

Kimball International donated the use of an acre of land off Power Drive in Jasper adjacent to the Kimball Education Center for the organic garden. A major change this year was the installation of a nearby yard hydrant to provide a water source. Gardeners previously had to haul water from home or catch rainwater.

“I think it’s working out really well,” Kim Mehringer of Kimball said.

Beckman said the group had several gardeners from last year return to tend another plot, but also had about eight new families getting their hands dirty.

“We had a good turnout with the plots,” she said. “Quite a few Hispanic families” participated this year.

Last year, several plots that had been spoken for went unplanted.

“It seemed like a few plots last year didn’t plant,” Mehringer said.

“I think most of them were planted this year. We are really thrilled with the idea of people coming back. It has grown over the last year.”

Kimball will decide, likely in November, if it will offer the land for the garden again next year, according to Mehringer.

“We are doing it on a year-by-year commitment,” she said. “It’s not a guarantee we’ll keep doing it, but right now it’s looking promising.”

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