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March 15, 2014

New Albany’s garden sprouting for a second year

Organizational meeting is slated for Sunday

NEW ALBANY — Mallery Waters saved a few bucks a week last year by growing most of her own produce instead of purchasing it from a store, but she supports community gardens for reasons she believes are greater than cutting the grocery bill.

“For one thing, it’s beautiful, and I think it brings a sense of pride and community,” Waters said of the Urban Fusion Community Garden she oversees.

The garden — located near the intersection of Culbertson Avenue and Eighth Street — operates under the umbrella of Keep New Albany Clean and Green.

Fifteen plots were cleared, and Waters said popular fruits and vegetables grown included tomatoes, cabbage, peppers and herbs.

“We had a good amount of people participating, and this year, I think we’re probably go to be able to get [all of the plots] filled up,” she said.

The group is holding an organizational meeting Sunday to plan some events for 2014, including setting a date as to when planting can begin at the gardens.

For $10 a year, people can secure a plot, and there’s a community plot in the gardens where anyone can stop by and pick produce from to eat.

“A lot of people are disconnected from the food that they eat — where it comes from — so some of our people are new gardeners and haven’t grown before, so I think that’s a neat aspect of it,” Waters said.

Community gardens have grown in popularity recently. A second community garden launched last year in New Albany at 1321 E. Elm St., near St. John Presbyterian Church.

A couple recently purchased the property where the Urban Fusion Community Garden is located, and have been in the process of restoring the Peter Weinmann Building located adjacent to the garden.

One of the new property owners, Anthony Creek, told the News and Tribune recently he would be OK with allowing the garden to continue, and Waters said he recently confirmed his support to her.

Sunday’s informational meeting will run from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Carriage House of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, which is located at 1015 E. Main St. in New Albany. For more information, e-mail gardens@nacleanandgreen.com

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