For four years, Vicki Sickels, the vice chair of the Ringgold County Hospital Board, has managed a community garden in Mount Ayr along with her husband. Located behind the Lutheran Church, there are four raised beds. The garden is watered with rain water collected from the roof of the church. She’s applied for, and received, grants to help with the costs. If more grant funding is received, they’ll build additional beds.
Vicki would love to see even more members of the community participating in the project. Master Gardeners have been invited to help with the garden. Students from the local schools are invited to come to the garden and help plant during the planned service day each year.
Ringgold County residents are welcome to come to the garden anytime and take whatever produce they need. Excess vegetables are donated to the Neighborhood Center or simply given to those who may need fresh food. Sustained community participation would be welcomed throughout the spring and summer. Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more can call Vicki at 641-464-0691.