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Garden helps strengthen community

Krystle Wagner • Jun 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — A group of Hunter’s Woods Condominiums residents gathered in the shade of trees on Saturday afternoon to officially kick off the opening of “The Pits.”

“The Pits” is a new common garden in the Grand Haven Township community off Lincoln Street.

While seeds have recently been planted, planning for it began last fall when resident Cheryl McCoy received approval from the Hunter’s Woods board to turn an unused piece of land into a garden for residents of all ages. McCoy said that particular piece of land flowed into a 40-by-40-foot area they call “The Pits,” where residents gather for horseshoes and other outdoor activities.

The initial idea for the garden stemmed from the Webster dictionary definition of “community.” McCoy said she wanted something everyone could share and participate in together without too much work, and hopefully give back to the greater community.

With donated materials, McCoy’s husband built the 26-by-36-foot garden.

So far, about 20 percent of Hunter’s Woods residents have gotten involved, and McCoy said she anticipates it will continue to grow.

Participants have already planted many types of vegetables, plus kale, swiss chard, Italian bean seeds and an herb garden. A scarecrow named Sara Sunshine watches over it.

Once the vegetables and herbs begin growing, McCoy said they hope to have enough food to also provide bags for local food pantries.

McCoy said people have become creative and there’s always something new in the garden — a bucket, tools and new seeds being planted.

“I call that a real community spirit,” she said.

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