Volunteers and community members spent time this past Saturday (June 13, 2015) planting flowers and vegetables at the Lansford Community Garden during its first official opening day of the season.
Jodi Mika, garden coordinator and Children’s Director at Grace Community Church, stated her appreciation to all who donated and support the garden, to include Lansford Alive for donating $200.
The new organic garden is located at the intersection of Center and Bertsch Streets. The event was free and all community members were invited.
Growing in the garden last year were romaine lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, kale, peppers, herbs, parsley, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, brussels sprouts and so on. When grown, it also display a large variety of flowers.
The garden’s Facebook page reads: “The community garden project is a ministry of the kids from Grace community Church, I am the children’s director there and teach a kids club for kids in elementary school. In times of despair and war there were victory gardens all over to help many communities in that difficult time. Lansford , Summit hill, Coaldale and all of the surrounding towns had their own victory gardens. Whether they were for the entire community or in peoples back yards and then they shared with their neighbors. They are beginning to pop up all over the U.S. Again! I am trying to help teach the kids about serving their community. I feel as though this project will help these children and adults of the community of Lansford to get a sense of pride and accomplishment once again. The community garden really has so many aspects that can help build up our children and youth. It’ll teach skills of gardening to be able to grow vegetable and to help support their family and friends.. I am hoping that The ability to see what their hard work can truly inspire them to put their free time into positive actions instead of wasted ones. I also am hoping this will close the generational gap between youth and the elderly of the community today. And lastly we are hoping this garden can help the community have a sense of pride again where they live. It is to help make the town beautiful and full of life which seems to be dwindling. People want to give up and just give in the fact that’s the way it is anymore. Neighbors don’t know neighbors, doors are locking out each other, and they’re afraid of helping one another. A small seed planted into our youth and children today can only grow with a foundation of positive actions for generations to come. This garden is open to all ….to help work, donate, or just come and spread their knowledge and stories.”
For more information, click HERE to view the Lansford Community Garden’s Facebook page, or call Mika at 570-645-6681 / 801-9561.
(Click HERE to view the group photo on Facebook.)
Photos from the garden’s Facebook page: