VILLA GROVE — Thanks to a donation of land by the city, fresh produce will be growing in Villa Grove this spring.
A charitable organization, Community Outreach Mission Evangelism, requested use of city property to establish community gardens in town. The group, known as COME, would like to have at least two plots to grow vegetables with the help of community volunteers. One plot will be exclusively for sweet corn and another will offer a variety of vegetables. The group already has a farmer willing to till and prepare the land and others who will donate seed, plants and labor.
Mayor Thelma "Boots" Blaney, who is also involved with COME, told the Villa Grove city council this week that the group wants to provide a way for local families to grow their own produce. Participating families that help work in the gardens will be able to share in the vegetables harvested. She said the group has also discussed offering free canning classes to help preserve the vegetables for longer use.
Blaney has also discussed the project with the school administrators to provide an educational opportunity for students.
The exact locations for the gardens have not yet been determined.
Blaney encouraged anyone interested in these projects to attend their meetings every first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Villa Grove Senior Center.