You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Horses to plow community garden


A team of draft horses will kick off a downtown community garden’s second season on Saturday.

The Jefferson Street Oasis Community Garden, located at the former St. Mary Church site, 1027 W. High St., will be plowed by draft horses at 11 a.m. Saturday. The event is free, open to the public and a free soup lunch will be served.

The garden began last year as a collaborative ministry program between the Children’s Rescue Center Inc. and the Cincinnati Archdioceses, which owns the land.

The garden produced enough food for the organization to make two sizable donations to three local food pantries, including Daily Bread West, St. Vincent De Paul and St. John’s, as well as produce for participants and their families.

Meredith Berzins, co-executive director of the Children’s Rescue Center, said she believes the event will provide a unique opportunity to inner-city children, some of whom have never seen horses before.

“It’s giving the kids a new experience,” Berzins said.

Garden co-organizer Terry Fredrich said as many as 10 horses, including Belgium and Percheron breeds, will work the ground.

Last year, the garden had 12 plots and nine participants, with gardens ranging from 225 to 900 square feet.

This year, Fredrich said they’ll plow 25 plots and “see how many people we get.”

In the future, Fredrich sees the garden as possibly being used for urban agriculture similar to those in bigger Rust Belt cities like Milwaukee and Chicago. The produce from those gardens are used for farm stands, farm markets, specialty restaurants and prepaid box orders.

The size of the garden is about 1.2 acres and Fredrich hopes to lease more space in the future.

“It’s a large enough area within the city that it would lend itself to (urban agriculture),” he said.

The site is perfect, he said, because the former St. Mary Church was built on the edge of Springfield at the time and has great soil.

He’s hoping for a large turnout on Saturday.

“We’d like to see as many people as possible,” Fredrich said.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

14-year-old recovers, smiles 2 months after being shot in head
14-year-old recovers, smiles 2 months after being shot in head

A 14-year-old girl is going home following a long hospital stay. Police say two teenage boys shot her in the head and left her for dead in a canal near their school. Deserae Turner of Smithfield, Utah, was found in extremely critical condition Feb. 17, KSL reports. Two 16-year-old boys are accused of luring Deserae to join them after school...
Sunshine and warmer temperatures this week
Sunshine and warmer temperatures this week

More sunshine today - Tuesday A warming trend kicks in this week Showers/Storms Today: We’ll see more sunshine today, with a few more clouds possible mainly south of 70 and east of 75. Highs today will be in the middle to upper 60s. Tonight: Mostly clear skies are expected overnight tonight with lows in the middle 40s. Monday: ...
Police officer helps boy tie necktie in heartwarming viral photo
Police officer helps boy tie necktie in heartwarming viral photo

A police officer is going viral after teaching a boy how to tie a tie when he was “too embarrassed” to ask for help. X’zavier was at the Indiana Statehouse recently to receive the “Youth of the Year” award from his local Boys and Girls Club, according to Inside Edition. X’zavier was escorted to the ceremony...
Beloved school crossing guard begins fight with cancer after losing mom, sister to disease
Beloved school crossing guard begins fight with cancer after losing mom, sister to disease

A beloved crossing guard is saying goodbye to her students, for now, as she begins a battle with cancer. Sanjuana Torres has been a part-time crossing guard at the Rusk School in Houston, Texas, for 30 years. She knows just about every child’s name, and they love her. “She’s family. She’s everything. She was our first friend...
10-year-old boy with autism arrested at school
10-year-old boy with autism arrested at school

Luanne Haygood, the mother of a 10-year-old boy with autism, is angry that her son was arrested earlier this month at his Florida school for allegedly punching and kicking his teacher six months ago. Okeechobee County school resource officers put the child in handcuffs at Okeechobee Achievement Academy, but Haygood said the school district isn&rsquo...
More Stories