Community garden brings plentiful result

From The Norman Transcript:

Kara McKee remembers the reaction when she first proposed planting a community garden in front of Food and Shelter for Friends on James Garner Avenue just south of Main Street.

“Everybody said, ‘People are going to come steal your vegetables,'” said McKee, who began working at FSFF in April. “I said, ‘They can’t steal them, they’re already free.'”

The verdant, organic community garden has yielded everything from herbs to pumpkins this year, thanks to a large variety of helpers and organizations that donated materials.

Many plants or seeds were donated by Prairie Wind Nursery, the Oklahoma Food Bank and the Redbud Housing Coop.

And the Norman Sustainability Network provided bricks that surround the garden and labor to dig it. Free compost came from the City of Norman.

Local construction workers who were helping remodel the FSFF offices brought them a flat of fuchsia-colored periwinkles that livened up the garden on the street side.

“It’s a real source of pride,” McKee said.

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