Unity Point Health Saint Luke’s is springing into action with their new community garden at 2500 Nebraska Street consisting of 24 new garden beds. The new garden will be 100 percent catered to by volunteers in the community who want to have their own garden bed of fresh fruits and veggies. It started with a community needs assessment that showed the community wanted more opportunities for fresh and locally grown foods.
“Any individual can come and sign up for a box and they will be responsible to plant the box, take care of the weeds and that kind of thing, and then harvest. What we’ll encourage people to do is donate some of their harvest to the food pantry and other places that help supply food to the community,” says Chad Markham, Vice President of Clinical Health and Development at Unity Point Health Saint Luke’s.
The garden beds should be ready and available for purchase in time for Mother’s Day. To sign up for your very own bed, you can visit www.unitypoint.org/siouxcity/community-garden.aspx or call 712-279-3500 and ask about the garden.
Volunteers will need to sign a contract and each bed costs $25.