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Community effort provides garden plots to all

 

Don Ogle / Sun-Telegraph Editor

Volunteers, from left, Quelya and Kyle Criss join Nik Ewoldt in raking corn stalks off ground to be used for community garden plots north of the soccer fields. The community garden came about through the ideas of Rose Ewoldt and Dana Revell, with cooperation from the city of Sidney.

Acommunity garden is opening on Cooege Drive. Plots are already available for Sidney residents to grow their own plants and vegetables.

The effort is the inspiration of Rose Ewoldt, a Walmart assistant manager, and Dana Revell, a local gardener.

"I have been gardening since I was small with my grandmother and mother," Revell said. "I recently moved in with my mother and I always had a big garden and she had a big garden, but the two of us are living in a place where we don't have a big enough garden."

Revell enjoys canning and freezing vegetables to enjoy through the winter, but doesn't have room in her garden for crops such as squash and corn.

Seeking a solution, she visited the Sidney city offices and discovered someone else was also trying to start a community garden.

"It started off with just an idea, because I noticed we didn't have enough fresh produce," Ewoldt said. "Everything is a little more expensive than it should be. There's a lot of people who can't afford to buy fruits and vegetables and not getting the nutrients they need."

She added, "I thought, let's start a garden."

Revell and Ewoldt combined forces to make a garden happen.

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