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Ogdensburg Chamber plans community garden

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Green thumbs will be out in force this summer on Ogdensburg’s waterfront.

The Ogdensburg Community Garden will grow vegetables and fruits on a plot of land at the Fort La Presentation property.

The garden will have room enough for 26 raised beds measuring 24-feet-by-4-feet-by-8-inches, with a 6-inch walkway between each bed.

A lottery to select the bed cultivators will be held April 20, according to Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sandra M. Porter.

But that doesn’t mean that only 26 people will be doing the gardening. Each bed will have room for more than one person. Families, friends and neighbors are encouraged to take part.

“The more the merrier,” she said. “It does instill a wonderful sense of community.”

With assistance from a $6,000 grant from the St. Lawrence Health Initiative, the garden group will provide the soil beds as well as equipment such as shovels, rakes, hoses, hand tools, wheelbarrows, hand carts and kneelers.

The Ogdensburg Rotary Club will donate an 8-foot-by-12-foot shed to store all the tools and equipment.

The site will also have a rain barrel to catch water, a compost area and a place for picnicking, complete with tables.

The gardeners will be asked to sign a contract and furnish seeds and plants and be responsible for planting, weeding, watering and harvesting.

To enter the lottery, call the Chamber at 393-3620.

The cost to participate in the garden is $25.

For more information, call the Chamber or Thomas P. Luckie Jr., executive director of the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club, at 393-1241.

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