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From the Olympia, Washington, "Olympian,"

  • Subject: [cg] From the Olympia, Washington, "Olympian,"
  • From: adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 09:16:27 -0500

Thumbs up: Community gardens
Community gardens have been an important part of South Sound life for decades. People who live in apartments or without their own garden spot have used community garden space to grow fresh vegetables for years. Gardening alongside others is a wonderful way to share knowledge and resources. But a mainstay of Olympia?s community garden program, a 1-acre site on 13th Avenue off Central Street, recently was sold to make room for residential development. The previous landowner, Richard Koch, has generously donated use of his property to the community garden project since the early 1980s. The new owner, Jeff Berschauer, will not boot the garden from the property until he is ready to break ground for his housing development. That gives organizers time to find another location. Site director Betsy Perkins is looking for property of about an acre in size that is hooked up to city water, centrally located and on the bus line. About 20 members use the Olympia Community Garden?s 10-by-20-foot plots to provide for their family members. It would be a shame to lose this important community resource.


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