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October 14, 2012

Volunteers, Extension keep community garden growing

SELINSGROVE — The East Snyder Community Garden successfully completed its first growing season without funding from the Department of Agriculture with the help of a group of volunteers.

The community garden off University Avenue sprouted four years ago with the aid of a grant from the state agency through Penn State Cooperative Extension.

For three years, the Agriculture Department provided $10,000 a year to the Cooperative Extension to coordinate activities at the vegetable and herb garden.

State funding was cut last year, but garden spokesman Arden Miller said a steering committee of gardeners made sure to keep the project going with the help of Extension employees.

Seven board members were elected in September, Lynn Bressler as president; Jacobs Fourshey as vice president; Roy Swazey, garden manager; Scott Hornberger; Ed Bucher; Jennifer Partica and Miller, and the group is working to obtain liability insurance.

Meanwhile, 57 gardeners signed up for 74 plots and two raised beds this year.

“We have room for growth and would like the community to know that we are active now and intend to be so for many years to come,” Miller said, adding the board has negotiated a deal with the Department of Agriculture to lease the seven-acre property for $280 beginning in 2014. Next year’s rental fee was waived by the state.

There are 100 30- by 30-foot plots, and each are available during next year’s growing season for lease at a cost of $10. Smaller plots also will be offered.

Registration for leasing plots in 2013 will be held in February. For information, call Scott Hornberger at 837-3816.

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