Volunteers Dug In, Literally, To Build Garden

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“BUILDING TODAY, SO TOWN CAN EAT TOMORROW” – That’s how Pottstown School District Director of Community Relations John Armato characterized the efforts of district students, athletes and other volunteers (above) who turned out Wednesday (May 20, 2015) at 6 p.m. to move 20 tons of soil and build an edible garden park at 301 Walnut St. in the borough. The park is the latest project of the Pottstown-based MOSAIC Community Land Trust, which already operates two community gardens at 423 and 615 Chestnut St. Helpers of all ages brought tools and muscle to the site (below), and within hours had prepared basic planting beds and a curved path on which to walk (bottom). Establishing the gardens, and involving local residents in growing food there, are among ways MOSAIC hopes to promote healthy communities. Gardeners and diners enjoy enhanced nutrition and physical activity, according to its 2015 Community Garden Guide, and there’s an added benefit, too. They get a chance to better know their fellow community members, it says.

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Photos from the Twitter account of @JohnJarmato