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Site cleared for Lyndon’s community garden

Standing by a huge pile of brush at Lyndon’s new community garden spot are, from left, Melissa Bean, Steve Zerr, Calista and Aaron Newman, Gary Jernigan, James Newman, George Stutzman, Jan Williams,  Erica Bradshaw and David Middleton.

Members of Lyndon Pride and other community members gathered Saturday at Lyndon’s community garden, south of the community center, to prepare the site for spring planting. About 10 people worked to remove old trees and brush, creating a huge pile of brush that was burned this week. Saturday work days are planned throughout gardening season, and Pride is inviting anyone who is interested to help with the project.

040613lyndongardenlogsGeorge Stutzman and David Middleton operate chainsaws, cutting old trees into firewood, while James Newman picks up logs at the site of Lyndon’s new community garden. Saturday was the first work day at the garden, and it resulted in the lot being cleared to prepare for plowing and installation of raised beds.

The garden is open to all ages and all skill levels. There are two sizes of plots available; the fee for each plot is $20 for a small plot and $40 for a large plot. Sponsorships have been secured for those who may need assistance with fees.

The community garden plans to hold a workshop the first Saturday of every month when gardening and food preservation skills will be demonstrated, such as canning, composting, tree pruning, and other topics to be taught by local experts.

Start up costs for the garden have been funded in part through a $3,750 grant from the K-State Research and Extension, Kansas Health Foundation, local businesses, and club sponsorships and donations from citizens.

Anyone interested in having a garden plot can fill out an application at Lyndon City Hall, or follow the project on Facebook at Lyndon Pride Community Garden.

Update April 13, 2013:

041513lyndongardenboxesSaturday’s work day included building wooden boxes that will serve as raised beds for the Lyndon’s community garden. Building the boxes were Roger, Nick and Zach Brooker, David Oakley and James Newman. Photo by Steve Zerr

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