BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - What is just an overgrown, empty lot right now will soon be a community garden in Batesville. It will be a place for people to volunteer, learn, and collect fresh food.
"As an organization that tackles downtown revitalization, we're always looking for street beautification projects or ways to take something that's vacant and make it an alive part of the downtown community," Main Street Batesville Executive Director Shannon Haney said.
A community garden is a way to both clean up the area and make it functional.
Haney said the commitment and cost often deter people from starting a personal garden, so this could allow them the benefits with just a little bit of volunteered time.
"The idea is that the garden will just belong to everyone," Haney said. "If you want to come out and weed or water one day, you can come do that and pick yourself a bag of fresh produce. Then any produce that's left over we will donate to the local organization Our Father's Table who prepares free meals for the community."
The cold weather and rain have put them a little behind schedule, but Grass Roots Equipment in Southside is expected to come till the ground soon so it can be planted.
A local farmer will be holding a workshop on gardening during Batesville's first farmer's market on May 5.
Donations of seeds or plants will also be accepted for the garden.