First raised bed community garden in Florence is enjoyed by all residents

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FLORENCE, Ala.(WHNT) – Gardening continues to gain popularity in the Tennessee Valley. In April, we told you a story about Florence’s first community raise bed garden. Organizers are now calling the garden a success.
Steve Chenault has a bed at the community garden. He comes to his garden bed twice a week. Since April, he`s harvested sixty pounds of tomatoes. He admits this accomplishment came during a rough time.
‘With my disability the raised bed gives me the opportunity to do things that I couldn`t do before and I can plant and cultivate a plant with just little or no work. It just gives me the opportunity to be a gardener,” said Chenault.
Florence`s first raised bed community garden has also given dozens of residents the opportunity to be gardeners. The fifty three beds have produced herbs, tomatoes, green beans and peppers.
Organizers are trying to keep track of the garden`s success with a log station. Gardeners can weigh their produce at the station and log it in a produce log book.
The Alabama Extension System in Florence says even though the garden is full, it is taking applications for people interested in participating the program. It says it will continue the garden year round.  Click here for more information.