If you live on Grand Island, have $20 in your pocket and want to plant a garden with some of your neighbors this spring, the new Grand Island Community Garden program is just the spot for you.
The project, undertaken with help from the nonprofit Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, still has plots available at a 6-acre site at Ransom and Stoney Point roads.
Volunteer gardeners are encouraged to come out the site at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday during the holiday weekend and help the group build raised garden beds with donated wood and soil.
Grand Island High School students will tend to three raised beds as part of a school project this growing season. Several other community groups and individuals also plan to cultivate gardens, said John Drehs, president of GI Community Gardens.
The cost of a garden plot is $20 until June 1 and $30 after that. Plots vary in size and much of the produce grown will be offered for sale during a Saturday farmers market at the site.
Drehs still has some donated seeds available for gardeners who sign up soon, but they’re limited.
"We also have an area nursery about a half-mile down the road, so someone can go and buy potted plants to grow," he said.
For more information on plots or to volunteer for landscape work, call 601-5972, or visit the group's website.
– Refresh Editor Scott Scanlon