Gardeners sought for community project

By Chad Koenen


Do you want to have a garden, but lack the space, or a tiller to work up the land? Or do you enjoy gardening but don’t know what to do with the fruits of your labor?

If so, the Henning School is hoping to provide you with the ability to garden as part of a new community garden. The final details are still being planned, but the hope is there is enough interest that a community garden in Henning can be established as soon as this spring.  

Henning School Superintendent Melissa Sparks said the community garden will be a place where individuals can reserve a plot of a land to garden.

“It will be space for those to garden for those who do not have a space to do it.”

Melissa Sparks, Henning School Superintendent on the community garden

Each person who is interested in being a part of the community garden can essentially reserve a piece of the garden to make it themselves. They can grow whatever vegetables or items they like and keep for their own. They could also share their harvest with other people or organizations like the food shelf and school. Sparks said the community at her previous school district had a similar garden and some of the items that were grown were given to the food shelf. 

“One of the things we hope that could happen would be maybe there would be a group of individuals who could come together and share aplot and donate their harvest to the food shelf, or some of it back to the school,” said Sparks. “It’s a great way to get everybody together.”

Sparks said the school district received a grant a few years ago and purchased a tiller to help cultivate the land at the new community garden. She said the school district has identified a spot for the community garden, but is waiting on final approval for the land. 

If anyone is interested in getting a plot at the community garden they should contact the Henning School at 583-2927.