The garden is open to anyone in the community. A $25 fee is collected at the beginning, but if the plots are left well-groomed and re-usable at the end of the growing season, $20 of that money will be returned, organizers said.
New Carlisle city leaders approved of the project earlier this year, within weeks of the proposal going before city council, Nowakowski said.
“We jumped on board because we knew this would be something great for the community,” said Randy Bridge, city manager.
Part of the project is a strip of land where corn, pumpkins and beans will be grown and later donated to the Bethel Churches United food bank, 220 S. Main St.
“So they’ve got some fresh produce locally grown there as well,” Nowakowski said.
Goods from the garden will also be sold in the community farmer’s market. Part of that profit will go back to funding the future of the community garden.
Donations from the city and local businesses helped bring the garden to life, Krabacher said.
Scarff’s Nursery, Meadow View Growers, Studebaker Nurseries, the Ohio State University Extension Office of Clark County, the Western Clark County Business Coalition and the city of New Carlisle all donated time, supplies or knowledge to the project, organizers said.
For anyone who wants to be part of the garden, but doesn’t know how to grow food, other planters will be willing to help, Krabacher said.
“Get your hands dirty and you’ll be surprised and you’ll learn to enjoy it,” he said.
More information about the garden can be found on the group’s Facebook page under “New Carlisle Community Garden” or the group meets Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. in the city library.