Community garden taking root in Genoa

GENOA – DeKalb County Community Gardens, the Genoa Township Park District and the city of Genoa are partnering to turn a vacant lot a block from downtown Genoa into a community vegetable garden.

Area residents can learn more about the plans and sign up for a garden plot at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the park district administration building, 400 E. Second St. in Genoa.

The plots will be 5-by-10-foot raised garden beds that can be rented for $25 for the growing season. The plan is to build 50 such beds; any that are not rented will be planted by Community Gardens volunteers to grow produce for donation.

“DeKalb County Community Gardens is happy to work with the Genoa (Township) Park District and use this vacant lot owned by the city of Genoa to provide healthy produce while also giving families an opportunity to save money,” said Dan Kenney, executive director of DeKalb County Community Gardens.

By growing their own produce, families can increase the availability of healthy vegetables and could save thousands on their household grocery budgets.

Volunteers will build the raised beds from 8 a.m. to noon May 25 and 26. The community is invited to help.

“DCCG’s motto is ‘Building Community, One Garden at a Time,’” Kenney said.

“We hope people will come out on the 25th and 26th and lend a hand for an hour or so. It is a great feeling to see people of all ages working together on a project like this.”

Volunteers who come to help build the gardens are invited to bring tools if they have them, although some tools will also be provided. Tools needed for the build include cordless drills, shovels, wheelbarrows and garden rakes. 

For more information, call Kenney at 815-793-0950 or the Genoa Towhship Park District office at 815-784-5612.

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