In February, Christa Blais had an idea for a garden that would benefit not only the gardeners of Marion County, but also the community.
The Fairmont Community Garden started as an idea and grew into a reality for Blais. This was the first season for the garden, and Blais said it was successful.
"We produced about 132 pounds of produce this year, so for our first year that's really good," explained Blais.
Volunteers put in more than 200 hours of work at Heston Farm to make the garden successful. Heston Farm donated land to the garden, which in turn donated fresh produce to Foxfire Restaurant.
The garden was split into two sections: adoptable plots and plots to benefit the community.
"The communal side supports the restaurant and the Soup Opera. When I brought things to them it was just like Christmas, they were very excited to get it and it felt good to give it," Blais said.
Despite a rainy growing season, Blais said there was still a lot of produce grown for the Soup Opera.
"We grew squash, zucchini, celery, Swiss chard, lettuce, onions, and mostly tomatoes; we had a lot of tomatoes," said Blais.
Blais said the best part of the garden is what you can learn.
"I think it's a wonderful opportunity to learn where your food really comes from and it tastes better," Blais explained.
Blais already has plans in the works for next year.
"Next year we'll have the Oliver Avenue Park as well as this one so we'll have two fully functioning communal gardens," said Blais.
For more information on the Fairmont Community Garden, visit its Facebook page.