No secret garden: First community garden to be created tomorrow at LeMoyne Gardens

HARLINGEN — Everyone’s invited.

They need you and your tools such as electric drills, gardening gloves, shovels and more.

It’s all for a great cause – to help create the first community garden in the city – this one at LeMoyne Gardens.

“It’s a great honor and we are so happy to be selected as the first one,” said Harlingen Housing Authority executive director Hilda Benavides about LeMoyne Gardens.

Starting at 8 a.m. and running into the early afternoon tomorrow, ground will literally be broken as those who show up will help build 20 raised beds for the new garden.

Healthy Harlingen’s Nutrition Workgroup has been focused on this community garden for several months. It’s all part of the Mayor’s Wellness Council efforts to improve the city’s health.

“There’s so much to learn and convey,” said Judy Baker, a member of the Healthy Harlingen nutrition committee. “It’s a great opportunity for kids and adults and to be self-sufficient with a safe and secure source of food.”

Baker said due to declining amounts of farmland, many kids in the Valley no longer know where food comes from.

This is just the start of the project that can aid a neighborhood and community in so many ways.

“We hope to grow the project quite large,” she said.

The next two will be created at housing developments through the housing authority.

Residents of the housing area are required to be part of the building project tomorrow so they can see how the beds are made and also learn about how to cultivate a garden.

Nestled on the northeast side of the city near MMA and Valley International Airport, LeMoyne Gardens has a total of 208 families. Already, 16 of the 20 garden plots are committed to families.

Benavides said there is an application process and a $15 fee to have the garden.

The number of families and interest in gardening were the two main reasons LeMoyne Gardens was selected to have the first project.

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