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Spring spurs charitable gardening

Vienna Community Garden Project

At the regular meeting held on April 1 at the town hall in Vienna, Councilman Rick Leos commended all the volunteers working to make the Community Garden Project a success. He especially wanted to thank Mike Dixon for his hard work and for donating trees to the project. Also he said Bo Shapley donated his time and equipment to saw the trees into planks to be used for plant beds and a shed.

Darlene Dixon said there will be 12 beds this year, the original plan was for 30 beds, however the quantity of soil and wood required made that number prohibitive. The reason for the raised bed is the poor quality of the soil at the location chosen for of the Community Garden. Plans for next year may include property donated to the project, some of which may have better soil and the addition of more raised bed at the present location.

Dixon said "This is an educational tool to teach people how to grow food efficiently and organically in their own yards." People that don't have a place to put a garden can come help with the community garden; the produce will be donated to the food bank. Eventually there will be classes on canning and preserving. A pictorial record of the Community Garden Project in available for viewing in the town hall.

Councilman Rick Leos proposed a lease of the property be given to the Community Garden Committee to guarantee the success of the project for years to come. Nicol Baker asked Attorney Gerald Taylor to prepare a proposal for the board's review.

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