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Community Garden preps for its first growing season

By Floyd Miller



The brush and debris has been cleared and the ground is ready to be tilled in preparation for the new Community Garden at the corner of Hobbs Street and Garden Avenue.The garden project, on an {{more}} acre donated through the Community Foundation of Roswell, was started by a group of concerned community agencies from REACH 2000, Teen Court of Chaves County, Good Samaritan Community Kitchen, Main Street Roswell, Farmers and Gardener’s Market, Chaves County 4H, Roswell SAFE Program and Neighborhood Watch, New Mexico Children Youth and Families and Juvenile Justice. Project spokeswoman Jane Batson said these organizations have been working on this project for 18 months through a series of hurdles and some roadblocks.”The project is beginning to grow slowly but surely,” said Batson, who said preliminary funding is being secured through grants.James Kisselburg, executive director of Teen Court of Chaves County, said the project will evolve through several stages.”Neighbors who live in the immediate area of Garden Avenue are being contacted and informed about the proposed garden,” Kisselburg said. “They will be given access to small plots of land to grow any vegetables they want. We expect to turn this vacant lot into a unique community project for Roswell.”He said the area also will be used by first offenders in Teen Court who are sentenced to perform community service.Batson said the fresh vegetables grown on the land could be donated to agencies like the Roswell Refuge for Battered Adults, the Community Kitchen, Good Samaritan and Casa Nuevo Comienzo.The Community Garden is in need of a 20-foot shipping container to store equipment, PVC pipe, a wheelbarrow, wooden stakes and water cans. Anyone wishing to make a donation of money or equipment to the Community Garden can contact Teen Court at 622-0881.

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