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April 26, 2018 Community garden is seeking volunteers
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Lone Tree has had community gardens on and off at least since the turn of the last century. A hundred years ago, the view passengers disembarking from the train had of the town were the flower gardens in what was described in Lone Tree’s Centennial Book as a “pleasant one-block walk through Depot Park.”

According to Sherry Ogren, there was an effort in 2006 by what was called the Lone Tree Visioning Committee, to put in gardens up and down Devoe Street, but it didn’t come to be until 2010 when Devoe was torn up and repaved.

A committee, led by Ogren, Helen Lemley and Julie Poeltler convinced City Council not to pave over four corners of the commercial district, but to turn those spaces into flower gardens. These gardens have been maintained by a group of volunteers, informally referred to as the “Corner Crew,” for nearly a decade.

Earlier this year Tanya Judge, who is the cook at the Senior Center, introduced a proposal to City Council for a community vegetable garden. Council member Tyler Baird said “the concept would be for the community to partner to grow food for the community dining program with the extra produce not used by community dining being donated to the local food pantry.”

He further said that “Johnson County Master Gardeners have already donated some seeds from their seed share program” and that the site for the garden would most likely be Railroad Park.

Judge said North Park is also under consideration.

While the idea for such a garden has support among council members as evidenced in the discussion that preceded this month’s council meeting, the city has neither the staff nor the resources to maintain such a garden.

It would require volunteers. And the details of the plan have yet to be finalized even as the planting season approaches. Neither Tanya Judge nor City Clerk Steph Dautremont had more information than what was discussed at the last council meeting.

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