Organizers of the Seeds of Hope Community Garden are trying to attract more growers this fall by creating smaller raised boxes for growers that are expected to make growing vegetables easier and less expensive.
This year, the Lake Park Community Development Corp., the nonprofit organization that operates the garden at 725 Foresteria Drive, will offer 4-foot-square boxes for $5 a month and 4-foot by 8-foot boxes for $8 a month, said Erin Flaherty, a town commissioner and CDC board member.
Flaherty said the 20-foot by 20-foot boxes offered for rent last year got to be overwhelming to inexperienced growers.
“We’re getting ready for our best season yet because of our new membership prices,” Flaherty said.
The CDC is planning a fall kickoff event to promote the garden in early November, though no date has been set.
The 1-acre garden between Seventh and Eighth streets one block south of Park Avenue was started in 2011 and has been used by community growers and to teach children the principles of gardening.
The garden, protected by a green fence with a locking gate, has a well for irrigation, a tool shed and picnic tables under the shade of a large pine tree on its east end.
Food-producing trees in the garden include banana, papaya, loquat, mulberry, fig and moringa — a tree whose leaves are rich in protein and vitamins.
CDC board member Terry Gitler is growing kale, collard greens, broccoli and other vegetables as well as flowers and herbs in her raised box at the Seeds of Hope garden.
“The garden is very large, so we need a lot of people to work in the garden,” Gitler said, noting that a high school student already volunteers to work there.
Organizers also are looking for businesses to sponsor food-growing plots to help provide fresh food to needy families.
Anyone interested in the garden can see it from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays, when members of the CDC board gather to work there.
For information about the Seeds of Hope Community Garden, go to www.lakeparkcdc.com or call Flaherty at 561-252-7179.