Blairsville develops community garden
The Blairsville Elks Lodge 406, Blairsville Community Development Authority and Blairsville Borough have teamed up to re-establish a community garden in Blairsville.
The garden is located in a borough-owned lot at North Liberty Street and West North Avenue, Blairsville.
[PHOTO: Working on a community garden at the corner of North Liberty Street and West North Avenue in Blairsville were, from left, Robert Nolan and Mike Ritts, of the Elks board, and volunteer Frank Gambol. The Blairsville Elks donated $2,000 to the project through a grant. (Tom Peel/Gazette)]
The Elks applied for a Gratitude Grant to help with the costs of building a community garden, which will directly affect local residents.
The garden will include 20 raised beds, with two reserved for the Elks Grow-A-Row program.
Lodge members will plant, care for and harvest vegetables from these beds to be donated to Hebron Lutheran Church food pantry.
The remaining beds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
“The increase in the Elks National Foundation’s Community Investments Program funding is great news,” said Leann Chaney, ENF chairwoman of the Blairsville lodge. “It gives us the opportunity to expand our lodge’s charitable programs and help meet local needs in an active way.”