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April 18, 2014

Second community garden to be started in city

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A second community garden is on the way in the city.

Work on the next free neighborhood community garden will begin next month, said Richard Tedeschi, executive director of Imagine Community Gardens, Inc. The new garden will be located at Ontario and Hawley streets.

ICG is an East Amherst-based non-profit that converted three vacant lots on Washburn Street into a vegetable garden last year. Twenty-five raised beds each produced at least $300 worth of produce.

“People were excited, it looked like a park,” Tedeschi said. “It was cleaned up nicely. It really impacted that neighborhood and gave people some pride.”

Now, Tedeschi said the ICG staff is getting the new site ready. Over the next two weeks the group will be installing fencing, landscaping and an entrance pergola.

Volunteer teams from nearby Refuge Temple Church and Faith Tabernacle Church will be canvassing nearby residents on May 3 and May 10 to see who’s interested in participating. Tedeschi said sign up sheets will be available.

On May 10, the bulk of the installation work will take place. ICG workers and volunteers from the two churches will construct and prepare the 25 raised flower and vegetable beds, all in one day. Planting will start May 24.

Also on May 10, ICG will hold an application drive and do spring garden site preparation at the Washburn Street garden. Volunteers from The Chapel at Lockport will help register gardeners and prepare the site for planting.

At both gardens, residents will be able to learn a few things about gardening and take home some of the produce they grow.

Also, Tedeschi said, once the season starts, events will be held including Kid’s Flower Day on June 14. Interested families may bring their children to the nearest ICG garden site, have them pick out an attractive flower pot, fill it with soil, pick out attractive flowers to plant in it and then take it home.

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