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June 26, 2013

Harrisburg community garden is taking shape



Milledgeville BB&T Bank locations have designated the community garden as its lighthouse project.

“Both bank locations are providing volunteers on a regular basis for volunteer efforts to help with the summer camp that has been going on in the Collins P. Lee Center,” Harshbarger said, “and to help make it a much more vibrant center for the Harrisburg community.”

The MCGA applied for a Knight Community Foundation grant to go toward creating a community garden in the Harrisburg neighborhood. The project was awarded $13,350 in early June 2012 to help move the idea forward.

“The total budget for the project exceeded $20,000, so we are still in need of additional funding to complete all of the features of the project. We still have projects to complete, like build a small tool shed and shelter from the sun. We also hope to lay a sidewalk leading up to the garden that is wheelchair accessible,” Harshbarger said. “We’re currently spending any time we have to lay cardboard and wood chips on the paths to cover weeds. The gardeners are really making good use of the mulch and amending their garden spots with the wood chips donated by Kennedy and Son Tree Service.”

A design for a donor sign is also in the works to highlight the businesses and individuals that contributed to the garden.

Volunteers and area gardeners convene on scheduled Saturday’s each week with a mission to continue toward project completion.

“We have been working almost every Saturday since early April,” Harshbarger said. “The gardeners are taking a field trip to the home of Dan Kelhoffer, a University of Georgia extension master gardener and member of the Oconee Master Gardeners Association, this Saturday to learn more about gardening and see his raised beds. We plan to have a work day the following Saturday, but that hasn’t been scheduled at this time.”

For more information about the community project, to provide financial support or donations, contact Harshbarger at 478-414-6433 or Harrisburg Community Garden Manager Joe Ward at 478-453-2565.

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