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Get Your Hands Dirty This Saturday: Villa Heights Community Garden

Amy Rogers

Eggplants are abounding, but your help is needed to plant fall crops at the Villa Heights Community Garden this Saturday, August 16 from 9 to 12.

This summer, the tidy plot located in Cordelia Park produced beans, greens, squash, herbs – and yes, an astounding number of eggplants.

This has been the first season for the grant-funded project. It provides seeds, know-how, and a place for local residents to plant and harvest their own fresh vegetables. Everyone, even those who aren’t able to participate, is welcome to share in the harvest and bring home whatever they like – at no cost.

That means ratatouille for everyone.

Volunteer and Villa Heights resident Erin Bohanon showed us around on a recent rainy day. Among the tiny purple peppers, bright orange pumpkins and bushy basil, she explained some of the project’s struggles. It’s been hard to generate neighborhood interest and awareness. “The garden is secluded, and not in an area you drive by,” she said.

Credit Amy Rogers

Project leader Jill Vande Woude is passionate about the project. “We definitely have a lot of work to do over the fall and winter,” she said, and hopes more volunteers will step up to dig down.

No registration is necessary. Cordelia Park is located at 2100 N. Davidson St. For more information, visit the Villa Heights Community Garden Facebook page.

Next week, we’ll tell you what to do with all those eggplants you brought home.