Magic Garden is expanding

<p>Teacher Liza Butts assists Joseph students plant seeds in the school greenhouse for the Magic Garden.</p>

The project is spreading this year from garden plots at Joseph Charter School and Imnaha, to Point of Connection between Enterprise and Joseph and the River House in Wallowa.

The project was spearheaded last year by Joseph resident Robin Martin under a grant to the United Methodist Church.

“The Joseph United Methodist Church came up with this idea, but we want it to be known as a community effort,” Martin said this week.

This year not only will school children, their families and other volunteers be growing vegetables at the Joseph school and Imnaha, but county residents will be able to sign up for plots to grow their own produce at Point of Connection and in Wallowa.

Also volunteers who help tend the Magic Garden will receive free produce. Some of the produce grown in the Magic Garden locations is earmarked for school use and the local food bank.

Martin said that more volunteer help is really needed this year. She is nursing a broken shoulder and some of last year’s mainstay volunteers are not living here this summer.

For more information on all aspects of the project and to sign up to volunteer for planting or for a community garden plot, contact Martin at 541-432-4042.

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