Community garden meeting set for April 24

The Shawano County WIC Program and University of Wisconsin-Extension have joined forces with Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano to sponsor a community garden.

Interested gardeners are invited to an organizational meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 24 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1254 S. Union St. The garden is located at the corner of Lincoln and Zingler streets, next to the church.

In a community garden, gardeners have their own plots and are responsible for planting, weeding, watering, harvesting and plot clean-up. They can keep or share everything they raise.

Water is provided on-site. There is an $8 fee for a basic 10-by-10-foot plot. Larger plots are available for an additional charge. The fee covers the cost of water and tilling.

A statement from the UW-Extension said community gardens are educational because kids and adults learn where food comes from and how plants grow, provide exercise, a great way to make new friends and to learn new gardening tips. Plus participants gain the satisfaction of growing their own food, saving money and eating healthier.

Master Gardeners will be available to assist the community gardeners and answer questions.

For information or to reserve a plot, call 715-526-6136.