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Shelby Community Garden getting ready for season

Story By: Brad Francis



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  Original Published: 4/5/2013

Time's running out to register for a plot of land in Shelby's Community Garden.

The garden, along North Gamble Street, next to the water treatment plant, looks desolate now. But in just a few weeks, the city will begin discing and tilling the soil.

The Shelby Community Garden started in 2008, and interest and participation has grown every year since.  Last year, more than 30 people had a garden plot.  And Shelby Community & Economic Development Coordinator, Christina Thompson, says she expects even more participants this year.

Thompson says the garden promotes community and encourages a healthy lifestyle.  The city provides the space and water free of charge.  So any city resident is eligible for a garden plot. Each grower is then responsible for maintaining their garden.

Earl Adkins has grown vegetables for the last several years.  He says he loves getting out and working the soil.  He says the garden is a great way to get out and socialize too.  Adkins says he has enjoyed many bountiful harvests too.  In fact, he and his wife are still eating vegetables from last season.

If you'd like to reserve a garden space, you must register before next Friday, April 12.  Contact Thompson at Shelby City Hall.  That number is 419-347-5131.

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