Payson’s first community garden will open April 28, just in time for spring planting.
Organizers hope the garden will help families cut food costs, build community spirit and provide fresh fruits and vegetables for area food banks.
Plots are still available and cost $50 to rent for the five-month growing season.
This week, volunteers put an 8-foot fence around the garden, located at 300 E. Tyler Parkway, between the First Church of the Nazarene and KMOG radio station.
Work on the garden began just a few months ago after the Nazarene church offered to loan the land for the project.
Since then, volunteers have been busy preparing the soil, adding water lines and designating 6 feet by 25 feet plots.
Project leader Roger Kreimeyer said dozens of plots have already been “adopted” for the summer, but there are dozens more still open. The cost for a plot is $50 and includes water.
Gardeners tend their own plots and keep their own crop, although organizers hope many will donate fresh produce to food banks, which for the past three years have struggled to keep up with soaring need.
For those with green thumbs still in germination, Plant Fair Nursery will hold free classes every Saturday in April at 8 a.m. at the garden. Glen McCombs will discuss seed selection, growing tips and many other gardening topics, Kreimeyer said.
Gardeners are required to buy their own seeds and automated watering systems.
To reserve a plot, call the First Church of the Nazarene at (928) 474-5890.