After a successful first season, East End Recreation Center is accepting applications for gardeners interested in occupying plots in its community garden project next year.
The garden plots are located on the site of a former skate park. Planning began in November of 2016, and was widely supported by the Winona community. East Recreation Center manager Lydia Boysen says the first year has been a good start and a successful learning experience.
Many volunteer hours and donations resulted in a network of growers who were able to cultivate a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The space became communal and respectful environment, with many growers sharing and trading produce. There are 50 plots in three different sizes.
This year's growers will have first priority to claim a plot again, and the waitlist to fill the remaining spaces will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.