DeKalb County to start its own community garden

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

DeKALB – Donna Moulton will finally have her dream garden.

The executive director of the DeKalb County Community Service Department will partner with members from DeKalb County Community Gardens on Saturday to build a half-acre garden that will feature 30 raised beds of vegetables for community to use.

The garden, which will be planted outside Moulton’s office at 2550 N. Annie Glidden Road, has been a priority for Moulton, who hopes to increase fresh produce for low-income residents and those isolated from full-service grocery stores.

She said the garden would initially serve the Women, Infants & Children program, Veterans Assistance Commission, residents at Heritage Woods and families enrolled in Head Start.

“It’s going to be a pretty massive garden,” Moulton said. “So we are always looking for any groups willing to work at the garden that need food.”

The site will be the largestcommunity garden in the county, but not the first. Many DeKalb and some Sycamore schools host community gardens that have produced more than 1,000 pounds of produce for local pantries in the past year, Moulton said.

The new garden also will be the most visually complex, featuring a winding walking path of wood chips and stone, a circular bed with a variety of herbs, and wildflowers, prairie grass and picnic tables.

She said those looking to volunteer in the future should visit www.signupgenius.com/FindASignup and enter the email dkenney@dekalbgardens.org to find which locations need support. The next volunteer opportunity involves hour time-slots from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Moulton said the funding to start the garden came from $1,500 in federal grants.

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