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Oakdale Neighbors celebrates community gardening and the arrival of spring with a Spring Gardening Festival on May 3
Oakdale Community Garden plots are available.

Oakdale Community Garden plots are available. /Tom Bulten

Spring Gardening Festival on May 3

For information about the Spring Gardening Festival or about community gardening at Oakdale Gardens Park, contact Oakdale Neighbors at 616.248.2848 or [email protected]

Gardening in the Oakdale neighborhood.

Gardening in the Oakdale neighborhood. /Tom Bulten

Everyone eats. And most of us like hanging out with friends. This is why the local community garden is important. A community garden gives individuals and families a place to grow and care for a plot of fruits and vegetables with others in their neighborhood. Community gardeners get plenty of healthy produce. They also learn from friends and neighbors, gathering valuable gardening knowledge and skills. They build beautiful places that contribute to the neighborhood. Kids learn about plants and the growing process. A community garden is an educational “classroom” and an incredible community-building opportunity.
Winter is still a recent memory. But, spring is on its way. To celebrate a new growing season, Oakdale Neighbors is hosting a Spring Gardening Festival at Oakdale Gardens Park (the corner of Evergreen and Marshall between Eastern and Kalamazoo) on May 3, 2014. This event will build excitement for community gardening. Neighbors and other gardeners can enjoy a seedling swap, green smoothie tastings, children’s activities, and prizes. Come learn about how you can get your own garden started, or how you can reserve a community garden plot. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oakdale Community Garden. For more information contact Oakdale Neighbors at 616.248.2848 or [email protected]

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