K.I. SAWYER - As more and more people embrace the challenge and the fun of growing their own food, community gardens are popping up around the county to help those who might not have yard space to plant their own garden plots.
The latest is the K.I. Sawyer Community Garden, which will hold a kickoff event from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.
"It's pretty exciting," said Bev Moe, one of the project's volunteers.
Volunteers, from left, Jeff Martin, Kevin Val Johnston and Randy Tryan work on beds at the K.I. Sawyer Community Garden during a recent work bee. (Photo courtesy of K.I. Sawyer Community Garden)
The garden includes 20 plots that can be rented for the season for $10, as well as a kids' garden for students from the K.I. Sawyer Elementary School who started seeds during the last few weeks of school.
During the kickoff event, those who are interested can sign up to rent a plot for the summer. Similar to the community gardens in Marquette, those who rent a plot are also asked to help with the general upkeep of the garden, helping on work days.
The garden is located near the corner of Lancer and Scorpion streets in Sawyer, just past Little Trout Lake on Scorpion Street.
"We're trying to do positive things out here," Moe said.
The garden is planned to be an annual undertaking, possibly expanding to include a hoop house in future years to extend the growing season. Getting things started has been a true community effort, with help from local churches, businesses and individuals.
"It's just a real wonderful experience," Moe said. "People have just stood up and said 'we'll help you.' "
During the kickoff event, those who are ready can bring seeds and plants to begin getting their plot started. Those who want to learn more about the garden can simply show up to ask questions or meet the other gardeners. Refreshments will be provided.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.