Spring Arrives for Community Gardens in Duluth

Posted at: 04/27/2013 5:02 PM
Updated at: 04/27/2013 10:41 PM
By: Travis Dill

April snow postponed many spring events in the Northland, but many took advantage of the weekend warm-up.

This April was the snowiest month ever recorded in Minnesota, but less than a week after the record was set it has started to look like spring.

Leaders of the Lincoln Park Green-Up said they were happy to finally start digging into their garden.

“When you keep planning for something and then having to postpone it it really kind of sucks the energy out of you a little bit. So that's the biggest thing is being out here in the sunshine,” Jahn Hibbs said.

The director of the Duluth Community Gardens Program lead Lincoln Park neighbors in a community garden groundbreaking on Saturday. Hibbs said the event was postponed twice because of April snow.

But on Saturday volunteers were picking out rocks and pounding in fence posts. Robert Johnson described the unique experience of community gardening.

“You become one with the earth you feel a purpose, you miss that totally by going into a grocery story,” Johnson said.

The plot sitting below Piedmont Ave. will give neighbors a chance to feel that for themselves. They may have to get their hands dirty, but Johnson said in the end the garden vegetables are healthier and taste better than store bought produce.

“When you eat fresh produce from a garden you feel good, and that's where we want people to be, feeling good and feeling healthy,” Johnson said.

Beneath the brown grass of the garden, green sprouts were starting to poke through. That long forgotten sight drew neighbors to their community garden.

Plots were still available in the garden. To claim one contact the Duluth Community Gardens Program by clicking here.