Community garden brightens up Green Bay neighborhood

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GREEN BAY (WFRV) — The demand for gardening space in Green Bay has been growing steadily. To celebrate the demand, a groundbreaking ceremony for the 10th annual community garden in Green Bay will be held Tuesday morning.

This one will be located in Green Bay’s imperial pride neighborhood.Garden coordinators say they are going to start out small with 15-20 plots and expand from there. Some plots will cost $15-$25 to rent for the entire growing season.

“We’re hoping to expand even more,” UW Extension Community Gardens coordinator Margaret Franchino said. “We have land from Encompass Early Education and Care. They’ve let us use about two and a half acres of their land. So we are hoping to continue to develop that for garden space.”

“(Community gardens have) health benefits,” she said. “They definitely they offer exercise, access to healthy food, obesity prevention, reduction. It’s key to have those elements. Green Bay is in the top ten most obese cities in the United States so it’s definitely an important thing to have here.”

There is not a specific address for this plot of land just yet, but it is at the intersection of Ricky Drive and Vine Street.  For those interested in singing up, you can do so May 16 at the garden from 10 a.m.-noon.

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