Local group hopes to establish community garden

AMORY – A group interested in organizing a community garden in Amory has met two times within the past two weeks to brainstorm on how to make it a reality.

ALICE ORTIZ/MONROE JOURNAL COMMUNITY GARDEN – Pictured (l-r), Cindy Hester, Tommy Wilkerson, and Sister Mary Christine listen intently as someone talks about an aspect of a community garden.

ALICE ORTIZ/MONROE JOURNAL
COMMUNITY GARDEN – Pictured (l-r), Cindy Hester, Tommy Wilkerson, and Sister Mary Christine listen intently as someone talks about an aspect of a community garden.

At the first meeting, Sister Mary Christine Fellerhoff of St. Helen’s Catholic Church, led the group in gathering information on organizing a community garden. Two members of the group, Ray and Judy Jones, shared how they were involved with a community garden when they lived in Memphis.
The couple told how the community garden was set up and the guidelines for being involved.
“It was very successful and we enjoyed being involved with it,” Ray said.
Judy said that produce from the garden could not be sold. If there was more than a person could use, they were allowed to give it away.
Master Gardeners Bennie Hutton and Cindy Hester told of the possibility of getting soil tested through the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
Potential sites were discussed and to better serve residents with one in West  Amory and the other in East Amory.
Each proposed garden will depend on having a lot available in each area.
Ray was chosen as garden coordinator. Anyone interested in having a plot in the garden, when the lot is available, can contact him to get a copy of The Gardener’s Agreement. He can be contacted at 640-8552.
“We want to get started as soon as possible. We still need to obtain a lot for the garden, but we would like to know of anyone’s interest now and get them on the list,” Ray said.

  • Cindy Wilkerson

    I am so glad to see this!