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Group seeks to create community garden

The seeds have been planted for a community garden in Jamestown, and now organizers are hoping to find people who will help the project grow.

“We’re looking for interested people to carry this forward,” said Mike Dreier, who works at UTC Aerospace.

As part of the Jamestown-Valley City Community Leadership Program that began in October, Dreier was part of a group of four that came up with ideas for a community project.

Dreier, Wendy Malmberg, also of UTC, Gwen Dally of John Deere Seeding in Valley City and Brad Grimson of Valley Plains Equipment together decided to work on a community garden that would allow people without space for a garden or those looking for service projects to grow their own food or flowers.

The garden would begin with 20 plots situated on a piece of land owned by the North Dakota State Hospital in the area between it and North Dakota Farmers Union, on the west side of the road just south of the James River.

“Our vision is that those 20 plots will be available for lease for … individuals and groups,” Dreier said. “They will be responsible for maintaining their plot and a small lease fee.”

The lease fee will be small, likely not more than $50, and will help pay costs of maintaining the garden — getting water supplied to the land, waste management and possibly, hiring a manager to ensure any rules for the garden are obeyed.

While much of the groundwork for the project has been done, Dreier’s group is hoping for community members to get involved.

A meeting for those interested in having a plot in the community garden as well as those interested in helping organize the project will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Co-op Room at North Dakota Farmers Union.

“Not everyone has space for a garden,” Dreier said. “Food pantries looking for fresh produce — an organization or person could plant and donate those items to a food pantry.”

Students in 4-H groups or FFA members looking for projects could potentially use the plots as well, and though the original concept was to grow vegetables on them, flowers would be a possibility as well.

Not everyone has gardening skills either, and the NDSU Extension Service could potentially have a plot and use it for educational demonstrations too, Dreier added.

“Myself, not being much of a gardener, I thought maybe I could learn something here,” he said.

The group hopes to get the plots defined and water run to the site yet this year, though that may not be possible. The group will be looking for donors to help with supplies and equipment in the future, too.

For more information, contact Dreier at or call (701) 251-8431.

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at (701) 952-8453 or by email at