LIMA — After the groundbreaking of Northside Neighborhood Association’s Edible Forest held Wednesday, Lima’s north end finally has its own unique community garden.
While the site is little more than a vacant lot at the moment, the 7,500 square foot space at 719 N. Metcalf St. is scheduled to be an entire mini-ecosystem in two to three years with planted nut and fruit trees shading berry bushes, rooted vegetables and raised gardens.
The group also has plans to add a greenhouse on the garden’s western boundary and benches throughout the garden where visitors can enjoy the weather.
“People can come and just relax,” Northside President Roger Roark said. “It’s for the entire north-side neighborhood.”
The garden will also be the only community garden of the eight throughout Lima to be handicapped accessible due to the inclusion of raised planting beds.
Roark said he expects the entire project to take some major manpower to get started. A foundation will be poured for the greenhouse and the beds will be constructed soon after. As for the planting, the group will first make sure the trees take solid root before starting to add some of the bushes.
“It’ll be a nice place to gather and grow things. We want people to help weed it and partake in it,” Northside Secretary Gail Lovett said.
Those interested in tending the garden can help the group during its workdays, scheduled for 8 a.m. Fridays starting on May 31.
The group will also have meetings at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. The Northside Neighborhood Association meets after the garden meetings, at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 110 N. Metcalf St.
Volunteers can also contact Roark at 567-242-8950.
Sponsors of the garden include LACNIP, Superior Credit Union, Allen County Health Department’s Creating Healthy Communities grant program, the City of Lima Neighborhood Support division and Sam McLean All State Insurance.
“Kudos to Northside Neighborhood Association,” Activate Allen County Co-Director Josh Unterbrink said during the garden’s groundbreaking. “It’s groups like you that make communities happier and healthier.”
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.