It was always a dream of Shinnston resident and long-time Master Gardener Lee Reger to have a community garden in his hometown.
When the Shinnston Thrives Grant was written that dream came true.
“Everybody knew I wanted to do this so they drafted me into doing it and I’ve enjoyed every second of it, I have,” said Reger.
The Shinnston Thrives project started in January when the city received the grant to help promote health and wellness in the community.
One part of that was to create a community garden that could benefit local organizations.
“It had to involve feeding the hunger and it had to involve the youth of the town and all of these boxes have been planted by boy scouts, girl scouts, FFA, leadership and church groups,” Reger explained.
Now that the youth groups have planted in the garden the next part of the grant comes in, feeding the hungry.
All of the produce harvested will go to the Lord’s Pantry.
“We have people who come in and ask if there’s peppers or tomatoes so they can take them home so they can take home because they want to make spaghetti sauce or ketchup. Fresh food is always the best for you I think,” explained Sandra Haggerty, the Director of the Lord’s Pantry.
Haggerty said fresh produce is hard to get for the pantry unless it is on sale, so this should help out a lot.
On Sunday, the garden was officially opened with a ribbon cutting.
Reger said even though the garden looks great now, he plans on it continuing to grow.
“I want to get some perennial plants around here like roses or clematis or something like that. This is a long way from being done, but if you saw it a few months ago, we’ve come a long way,” Reger explained.
For more information on the community garden or the Shinnston Thrives Grant click here.