Wednesday, May 14, 2014

First Community Garden is Coming to Ormond Beach

Volusia County

Organizers are close to finalizing the site for what will become the city’s first community garden.
Thursday night the city and a group of citizens will visit several sites to select a spot for a vegetable garden, said Maryann Zeledon, a recreation program specialist for Ormond Beach.
The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center, 399 North U.S. Highway 1.
The initiative is one of several goals laid out by city commissioners earlier this year. Deputy Mayor Bill Partington said he’s seen the effectiveness of garden programs elsewhere and wants to see the same done in Ormond Beach.
“It’s a positive, wholesome activity,” he said. “And the byproduct is it provides a lot of food for people.”
Partington added it gives people a chance to get outside and can be a learning tool for children.
“It drives home the point of where produce comes from and it’s not about just showing up at the grocery store and buying some carrots,” he said.
Zeledon said some of the details are still in the works, but the first garden will have a raised bed and be a vegetable and butterfly garden. The goal is to eventually have a total of three gardens throughout the city.
She said volunteers will be available to help teach gardening techniques to residents.
Even Zeledon’s thinking about growing a green thumb.
“I’ll be honest I do not know a lot about gardening,” she said. “But it’s just a great way to learn.”