The Barron Community Garden (BCG) is ramping up for another season. The BCG is located behind the Barron County Developmental Services building at 175 N. Lake St. in Barron. A Barron Community Garden sign indicates the garden location. The mission of the garden is to increase food security for residents of Barron County by providing the opportunity to grow and consume fresh produce, encourage cross-cultural relationships, and create an educational and accessible garden in an attractive setting. A main goal is to assist food insecure individuals and families to learn how to grow their own produce. Those who receive SNAP benefits can use funds to purchase seeds and plants for their garden plots. There are also scholarships available from the garden committee to help with the cost of renting a plot if that is a barrier. Fresh produce is donated to the Barron Food Pantry and the Senior Nutrition Program of Barron County from the community plots.
If you are interested in renting a garden plot, the sign-up day is May 18, 2019, 11:00-1:00 at the garden, the cost is $20.00 per plot. Anyone who rents a plot is considered a member of the garden and will be expected to volunteer time to help in the upkeep of the garden and the community plots. This will be discussed on the sign-up day.
The season will be filled with learning, fun, and bountiful returns. Anyone who is concerned about food security is invited to participate and learn how to grow their own food with little cost. Plots are available to those who need an area to garden. For those who want to contribute to their community and volunteer at the garden, you are encouraged to become a part of us. For more information contact Kathy Splett, FoodWIse Coordinator, at the Barron County Extension Office, 715-537-6381, firstname.lastname@example.org.