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Frisco community garden winds down after successful first season

CAITLIN ROW
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Summit Daily/Caitlin Row

FRISCO – With autumn weather here to stay and winter on the way, Nancy’s Community Garden is shutting down. Volunteers will empty produce from its greenhouses Wednesday as temperatures have already begun freezing some plants.

“We get to leave the beds and hoops up,” said Summit Prevention Alliance project coordinator Jannine Walldan. “All we have to take out is the plastic, which is great. We’re going to take the stuff on Wednesday and divide it up between FIRC’s food bank, the Dillon Community Church and Summit County Church of Christ.”

Made up of three greenhouses located near the Summit County Community and Senior Center, the community garden was completed just in time for Summit County’s short growing season. The garden is a project put on by the Summit Prevention Alliance.

The garden is being used to give low-income families and seniors access to healthy, fresh vegetables. Other goals include education and developing a farmers-market style distribution of produce with tiered pricing.

“It’s been quite crazy,” Walldan said. “We started experimenting on what to grow, and we ended up with tons of produce – zucchini, lettuce, potatoes, broccoli, spinach, lots of herbs too.”

Walldan also noted that most of the excess produce went to stock local food-bank shelves, but one-fourth of the veggies were also sold as a fundraising effort every Monday at Dillon Thrift and Treasure.

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“We didn’t sell a ton,” she said. “A few hundred dollars worth, but everything was very discounted. A bunch of lettuce was 25 cents.”

According to Walldan, the project’s effort to help seniors and low-income locals eat more vegetables was definitely a success.

“Twenty minutes after food was put out at the Senior Center on Tuesdays, it was gone,” she said. “People liked it, and we did well.”

To get ready for the 2011 growing season, the Summit Prevention Alliance is also planning a special volunteer day Oct. 9.

“We’ll be prepping the beds for next year,” Walldan said. “Thanks to all the volunteers for the season. We’ll be needing volunteers again in May. Please consider helping us out.”

Nancy’s Community Garden will likely resume growing veggies for locals in May 2011 at the same location.

For any questions about Nancy’s Community Garden, contact the Summit Prevention Alliance at (970) 453-9333.

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