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Community Gardens Gearing Up!

Here we are, on the brink of another great gardening season!  If you are like the Chisago County Master Gardeners (CCMG) you can already feel the soil in your fingers and see the new green of fresh sprouts bursting through the ground! Lots of garden work has already been taking place! From the learning many of you took part of through the classes or the Garden Expo we have offered to the letters, emails and phone calls lining up the details for the four community gardens in Chisago County.

People recently met in Rush City to review the upcoming year at the new garden there. With it being only the second year there is still much work to do to iron out any issues from the first year. Emails have gone out to the gardeners to the gardeners who grow at the Wyoming garden and plans are well underway for meetings at the end of this month to kick off both the Lindstrom and the Williams Park (North Branch) Community Gardens.

Each year the coordinators of these gardens look for ways to make them succeed for those in the community who choose to participate as well as to help encourage more people to use the space and learn how to produce their own healthy fresh food.

This year the Williams Park Community Garden has been selected to receive a 2019 Neighborhood Health ConnectionTMGrant from Allina Health of $5,000. This grant will allow seniors in our community and adults who live in one of the four existing mobile home neighborhoods in the City limits of North Branch to be given the garden space, seeds and plants to grow healthy food at no cost to them.  They will be given the choice, depending on their physical abilities, to garden with a raised bed or a ground plot. Spaces will fill quickly so contact Dianne at 763-444-6484 today to see if you qualify for free gardening.  The process of adding additional raised and in ground beds has already begun.

To find out if there is space available at any of the four community gardens in Chisago County (North Branch, Lindstrom, Rush City, Wyoming) contact the CCMG office by phone, 651-277-0151, or e-mail, and the CCMG Program Coordinator will put you in touch with the person who organizes each individual garden.