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A cornucopia of greens up at Nancy’s Community Garden

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Special to the Daily Hard at work on the potato plants in Nancy's Garden.

FRISCO – Nancy’s Community Garden greenhouses were overflowing with colorful produce Tuesday, as head gardener Holle Vliet prepared to harvest more lettuce. Volunteers milled about, and one woman even painted a picture of the vegetables as she sat surrounded by the greenhouse bounty.

“We have a cornucopia of abundance right now,” Vliet said. “We’ve been harvesting a ton and taking things to the food banks and the community dinners.”

Vliet said she’s already collected and distributed collard greens, chard, spinach, lettuce, radishes, bok choi, and plenty of herbs – oregano, parsley, basil, mint and chives.

“It’s going so smoothly,” she added. “Everything is running like clockwork. … Everything is just growing like crazy and busting out the sides. It’s just so beautiful. The potatoes are going wild.”

Nancy’s Community Garden – made up of three greenhouses located near the Summit County Community and Senior Center – was completed just in time for Summit County’s short growing season as a project put on by the Summit Prevention Alliance. The community garden is being used to give low-income families and seniors access to healthy, fresh vegetables. Other goals include education and developing a farmer’s-market style distribution of produce with tiered pricing.

To commemorate the garden and officially give it its name, the Summit Prevention Alliance is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 21. It will be held at the greenhouses from 2-3 p.m.

Nancy’s Community Garden is being named in honor of the longtime Summit County Animal Control director Nancy Ring, who died in January. Naming it will be a celebration of her life. A road adjacent to the Summit County Animal Control building and next to the community center in Frisco was also recently named for Ring – it’s called Nancy’s Place.

Friends and colleagues said Ring helped both humans and animals throughout the community in a career that spanned more than three decades. She also volunteered for nonprofit groups, held positions on committees and boards, and was an active member within Father Dyer Methodist Church. She loved to sing and was a member of Mountain Majesty Chorus.

“Nancy valued community involvement and as her husband, John Ring said, she ‘loved to watch the community come together to grow and accomplish projects,'” said Summit Prevention Alliance project coordinator Joanna Rybak. “Friends and family say Nancy would have been proud of the greenhouse project. She would have been deeply touched and honored to have the greenhouse garden established in her name.”

For any questions about Nancy’s Community Garden, contact Rybak at (970) 453-9333 or Joanna@SummitPreventionAlliance.org.

SDN reporter Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.

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