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Community garden planned for Jamestown

It is that time of year again when people start getting excited about their gardens and what they will grow this season. However, not everyone in Jamestown has the luxury to own space to grow a garden. Area community members are looking to change that! As a project for the Dale Carnegie Community Leadership Program, four local residents have come together to organize a community garden for Jamestown. This is exciting news!

This community garden will provide many benefits to the people of Jamestown. Gardening provides physical activity that is proven to prevent heart disease, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. People who grow vegetables are more likely to eat them. According to a Michigan State University survey of 766 adults, participating in a community garden resulted in eating more fruits and vegetables. Not only is gardening good for the body, but it’s great for the mind as well. Gardening offers a chance to use your creativity, relieve stress from the day and connect you with people.

I have been helping these four people identify resources and tools needed to be successful. One resource we need is more people; we are currently looking for volunteers to help with this project. Master gardeners, gardeners and non-gardeners alike are encouraged to help out. If you are interested in attending our first planning meeting, contact me at the Stutsman County extension office at 252-9030 by May 5.

(Lindsey Novak is the agriculture agent for NDSU Extension Service, Stutsman County. For more information, contact her at the Stutsman County extension office at 252-9030.)