Community Garden to Begin in Spring
by KIX101.1/ 1230 KFJB News Department
posted Oct 3 2013 5:31PM
The harvesting season may be coming to an end for many farmers but at the Iowa state extension here in Marshalltown the thoughts about the next growing season are just beginning. And Caleb Carver, who is the county youth coordinator, says with their new community garden, it’s a way to teach the next generation of growers. As Carver says, it will be a youth teaching garden where, "youth will be able to learn at the ground level from putting in seeds, what the soil is, and how the soil helps with the growth of the seed, and through that all the way to harvesting."
And Carver says it’s more than growing vegetables, it’s also about growing the youth understanding about how to improve their nutrition as well. As he says that many low income family will choose to get a cheap fast food meal, when growing your own food is just as inexpensive. According to Carver, "they are going to take the produce that the kids have grown and learn how to properly cook it."
According to Carver it’s also a great way for the youth to prepare for the future as he says that people can then rent a plot and grow for themselves to be entrepreneurs in the future.
The ISU Extension is partnering with multiple local businesses as well. Those include the Marshalltown YMCA, The Central Iowa RSVP (Retired Senior and Volunteer Program), and the HyVee Dieting to name a few.
If you are interested in receiving more information you can Call the Iowa State Extension at (641) 752-1551.
--By 1230 KFJB Reporter Katherine Fritcke