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Next PC community garden meet April 16

PLUM CITY -- The first informational meeting concerning a possible Community Garden in Plum City was held March 26 at 501 E. First St., Plum City, the site of the Plum City Food Pantry.

Attending that first meeting were Jeff Gumbusky of the Hunger Prevention Council, Leonard Dodson, Food Pantry Coordinator, Pastor Philip Bloomdahl, Mel Pittman, Pierce County Board, Judi Brunner and Sherry Gilles, Master Gardeners, and Steve and Mary Maier-Abel.

The purpose of the meeting was to explore the community garden concept as a volunteer project to provide fresh, seasonal vegetables for the Plum City Food Pantry, and to establish a community garden in the village.

A community garden is a piece of land, gardened by a group of people, which brings about a source of fresh food and creates a social community. Community gardens have been part of society for hundreds of years, all around the world. Benefits of a community garden are they produce nutritious food, help the local food pantry, stimulate social interaction, get people involved with nature, and encourage the productive use of green space.

Upon approval by the village board, the proposed garden will be located on a village-owned lot, located on Cherry Street. It will be clearly marked and accessible for all volunteers. Public involvement is welcomed. 4-H, FFA, Scouts and students who need to fulfill community hours in relation to their Confirmation service are invited to donate their time. Any community resident who wishes to contribute time or services is welcome.

On Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m., there will be another organizational meeting at the Food Pantry site. Contact Gumbusky at 612-532-2582, the Maier-Abels at 647-3119 or Dodson at 647-3032 with questions.