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Our Garden celebrates the end of the growing season with a picnic

‘It’s for anyone and everyone’

September 25, 2011
By BILL SHEA, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

A season of growing tomatoes and other good things to eat at Our Garden in Fort Dodge will be celebrated with a free picnic Saturday.

''It's for anyone and everyone,'' said Maria Waynar, who organized the community garden project. She is a volunteer with Americorps/VISTA working with the Fort Dodge Human Rights Commission.

''A lot of people still don't know about the garden, so we wanted to do something to show how successful we truly were and encourage them to be part of the garden next year,'' Waynar said.

The picnic will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the garden, which is near Fourth Avenue South and Seventh Street. Hot dogs, chips and drinks are on the menu.

The community garden debuted this spring on city-owned property. Plots there were free, but the person or group which took a plot had to agree to maintain it.

Waynar said 15 groups, families or individuals cultivated 18 plots in the garden. She said they grew tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, squash and broccoli.

Fact Box

If you go:

Who: Fort Dodge

Human Rights


What: Our Garden


When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Our Garden near Fourth Avenue South and Seventh Street

Some of the bounty of Our Garden went to local shelters, such as the YWCA and the Beacon of Hope. Waynar said she delivered 40 to 50 pounds of produce to local shelters.

During the picnic, people will be able to sign up to have a plot in the garden next year.

Contact Bill Shea at (515) 573-2141 or



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