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Meeting to discuss starting Lakewood community garden

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on April 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm with No Comments »
March 31, 2011 4:28 pm

The city of Lakewood will hold a public forum April 12 to gauge community interest in starting and maintaining a community garden.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in Conference Room 1E inside Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW. The meeting flyer is here.

Parks and Recreation Director Mary Dodsworth said the idea has been bandied about for years as it’s identified in the city’s master parks plan and been raised by residents occasionally.

The challenge has been finding the time and money to initiate it. Recently, Brice Meldrum, a science teacher at Clover Park High School, secured a grant to start a garden as a way to fight childhood obesity and educate youth about what they eat.

Local specialists will present information on how a community garden works, issues to consider, costs involved and examples of thriving community garden models.

A site hasn’t yet been selected.

The city is asking residents interested in attending to contact Suzi Riley at the parks department at 253-983-7758 or sriley@cityoflakewood.us. Those who can’t attend a meeting are encouraged to contact her to get on a mailing list.

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