Lewistown Community Garden grateful for gifts

To the editor:

Under new management for the 2019 growing season, the Lewistown Area Community Garden has been the grateful recipient of gifts from generous local businesses, organizations and individuals here in Mifflin County.

We started the year in need a few items for our gardeners, and the community delivered. Many thanks to Lowe’s of Lewistown for donating a wheelbarrow, a shovel and a rake; to APM Home Center for garden gloves, knee pads and a shovel; and to Bossert’s Hardware for providing five sets of hand tools. Also, Metzler Forest Products delivered wood chips and Charlie Broadnax donated cardboard to support our weed suppression efforts between the raised beds. The Mifflin County Garden Club made a cash donation. Linda Boss donated a sandbox for children to play in while their parents are working in their plots and Rachael Steinbach donated sand and sand toys. We are deeply appreciative of everyone’s support.

In terms of news, we have plans to build a small sitting garden within the fence over the next few years, so that folks coming to work in their plots have a shaded place to sit and rest. Lisa Knudson has donated some evergreen shrubs to get us started and we are looking for someone with a front end loader to help level the space a little. Also, Penn State Master Gardener Lori Reehorst will offer a workshop on plant pests and diseases at 6 p.m. on June 20 at the garden. Community gardeners and the general public are invited to attend.

There are still nine plots available in the garden. Community garden applications can be picked up at the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce in the Historic Courthouse on Monument Square or the Mifflin County Library on Wayne Street, both in Lewistown. Questions can be forwarded to us at any time via the Facebook page for the Lewistown Area Community Garden.

Sara Buffington, Linda Boss,

Jo Ann Smith, Lisa Knudson,

Skylar Peters and Michelle Fetter

The Lewistown Area

Community Garden Board

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