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Garden’s growth a benefit for community

We would imagine most residents don’t give much thought into the benefits of gardening for an individual, let alone an entire community.

A plot of land on Ivy Street in Weirton, across from the Weirton Christian Center, would probably start a conversation on that very topic. Saturday afternoon, members of the community joined representatives of the Christian Center, along with city officials, the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce and more to celebrate the completion of a community garden project which has been in the works for quite some time.

Established six years ago when the Weirton Christian Center was located downtown, it moved to Weirton Heights through a partnership with New Life Church. The Master Gardeners have been involved since the beginning, helping to oversee and guide those who lease the almost 60 raised growing beds, and resident Tom Banketas has provided support in the development of the garden which now sports a vinyl fence, benches, landscaping, a shelter and more, with plans for additional growth in the future.

Residents who lease the beds have the opportunity to grow their own vegetables, while those dedicated as community beds provide produce for the benefit of various local non-profits. Some of the beds also are used for educational purposes, with youth attending the Christian Center learning the importance of agriculture.

We applaud the Weirton Christian Center and all those who have been involved in growing this project from the ground up. It serves as yet another example of what can be accomplished when civic-minded individuals come together for the benefit of others and hope it serves as inspiration for similar projects throughout our region.

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