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Community garden seeks to plant roots in Sunnyside

The idea grew out of an anti-gang initiative meeting last year, when the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Nuestra Casa combined efforts to bring a community garden to Sunnyside.

It was a modest success in its first year. Six to eight families came together, each planting, maintaining and harvesting their own crops. Everything from squash to corn, even a few flowers grew then.

But this year the community garden is back and with two dozen plots that range 10 feet by 30 feet in size ready to be planted, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Nuestra Casa are seeking families or individuals ready to garden.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church will provide the land and water while gardeners will need to provide their own tools, water hose, seeds and plants.

The community garden proudly touches on all five promises from Sunnyside's Promise. It presents an opportunity for caring adults to get involved in the lives of children and community members to help others. The garden is intended to be a safe place, where the young and old alike can be educated together, along with reaping the health benefits of gardening and being outdoors.

This years' community garden is in its organizational stage and a public meeting will be held this Wednesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. Held in the Friendship Building at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on 1875 Lincoln Avenue, the meeting will answer questions and cover plot usage, which will be free and distributed in a first come, first serve basis.

With community participation and support, this young program could really help the city and people of Sunnyside bloom.

More information can be obtained by calling the Seventh-day Adventist Church at 837-4233 or Nuestra Casa at 839-7602.

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