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May 3, 2014

Hy-Vee grant funds improvements at New Hope Community Garden

OSKALOOSA —

The New Hope Community Garden at the New Hope Community center recently received a $750 grant from Hy-Vee to make improvements at the site.

Bernie and Gwen Breese, of Oskaloosa, oversee the 30-foot by 85-foot garden on the west side of the New Hope Community center. The New Hope Community has had a community garden for four years.

“There are eight families this year that have gardens,” Gwen said. “It's divided into six plots.”

Gwen said the grant money will be used to purchase a rain-water catchment system and fertilizer for the garden.

Gwen said all of the plots have been taken for this year. People sign up for the garden plots in January or February, she said.

The Breeses have a garden at the New Hope garden.

“We have a plot right here,” Bernie said. They grow a variety of things such as peas, cucumbers, spinach, lettuce and onions, to name a few.

“We've had a plot here all four years,” Bernie said.

“I can hundreds of quarts of beans and tomatoes,” Gwen said.

Hy-Vee Manager of General Merchandise Malinda Ratliff was at the garden site Thursday. Ratliff said that the One-Step Potatoes in the Hy-Vee Produce Department helps fund the grant program the New Hope Community Garden received.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

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