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Garden of good intentions

LCC students will grow fresh produce

November 08. 2013 6:50PM

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LIMA — It’s a long time away before the first crop goes into the ground, but a garden plot on the grounds of Lima Central Catholic High School was plowed over, ready to help feed the community next year.

The ground, a 90-foot by 193-foot plot called “The Genesis Garden,” will be used to grow vegetables that will be sold on the Activate Allen County mobile produce bus.

LCC President Walt Klimaski said students at the school will be involved in taking care of the garden. It will be through a club or during time a student has in study hall, he said.

“They like to get out of class during their study halls, and this may be an option to put in 45 to 50 minutes,” Klimaski said.

On top of that, the garden will give students the chance to fulfill one of the key missions school officials instill in students, being good citizens and helping out as part of their civic duty and faith.

Knights of Columbus members also will help pick weeds and take care of the garden. While it sits on land owned by LCC, it’s just a stone’s throw from the K of C.

Bob Riepenhoff, of the Knights of Columbus, said he expects three to four vegetables to be grown in the garden. Tom McClellan, also of the K of C, estimated the garden could produce 10,000 to 15,000 pounds of food.

Gary Bright, executive director of the West Ohio Food Bank, said he discussed the potential crops the garden could yield with people overseeing it, but it really will come down to the crop that best grows in the plot.

“You just can’t grow anything on any land,” Bright said.

The vegetables will be sold to the general public from the bus. There is no income requirement, he said.

“It’s a discount produce market on wheels,” Bright said.

The bus goes out on Tuesdays and Thursdays and makes 10 stops to sell food.

The Active Allen County initiative promotes a healthy lifestyle with the push to get healthy foods to people.

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