New community garden taking root in Springfield

The Thurston Community Garden is in its beginning stages and looking for community members to lease plots.

Posted: Jan 22, 2020 6:00 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2020 5:06 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A new community garden has taken root at Lively Park, and Lane County residents are invited to join in on the experience through a variety of ways.

This is a joint community effort between Catholic Community Services of Lane County, Willamalane and Weyerhaeuser who have all contributed to different parts of the creation. In addition, individual donations by local families have helped make this possible.

Currently, there are 24 plots that range in size and price that can be leased until Feb. 18. There is one plot sectioned off that will be farmed by volunteers, and the harvest from that plot will be used to stock shelves at local food pantries.

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Jeannie Evans is the site coordinator at the garden and said that prior experience isn’t necessary to lease a plot of your own. Tools, water and soil are provided for everyone.

“Once the application process is done mid-February, we’ll be contacting gardeners,” Evans said. "There will be a meeting with our garden manager, and she will be going over the rules and expectations.”

This new venture serves a dual purpose of bringing the community together and also giving back through what is produced.

“My goal is that every bed will be leased and that all 24 plots will be gardened,” Evans said. “I want people to get to know each other.”

Evans said that they are also building a harvest table, so that community members have the chance to get to know each other. There will also be a children's area, so the entire family can experience the garden.

The Thurston Community Garden is located in the back of Splash! at Lively Park just north of the dog park.

“We really want this to be a community place that the community loves and owns,” Evans said.

Volunteers are needed before its official opening that will take place in a little over a month. For more details about how to lease a plot or get involved in the garden, click here.

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