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Garden oddity

Doug Church has the ideal centerpiece for his Thanksgiving dinner -- a turkey shaped potato plucked from his community garden.

The oddity, which is actually a clump of potatoes that grew together forming a turkey-like shape, has been the talk of the garden since Church discovered it a couple of weeks ago. He has even had an offer to buy it, but refused.

Church and Frank O'Donnell formed the community garden 10 years ago. It is a cooperative effort of eight families who seed, plant, weed, water and harvest the 50-feet by 200-feet plot of land on Church Road. In addition to potatoes, the garden reaps corn, yellow squash, garlic, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, pumpkins, gourds, green beans and sunflowers. The group will be harvesting vegetables through mid-November.

"Everyone pitches in to keep the gardens maintained," O'Donnell said. "Otherwise they would be history. There's no free-loading here."

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