OTTUMWA — The United Way of Wapello County created its Corporate Community Garden last year as a way to donate locally grown food to community members in need, and after a successful first year, it's hoping to expand the garden’s impact in its second year.
Last year, businesses from all over Wapello County sponsored and cared for the raised beds in the garden, with all of the vegetables raised being donated to the Lord’s Cupboard, Food Bank and individuals in need in the community.
While there has already been interest from companies in participating again, United Way is hoping to expand its efforts this year and create a neighborhood garden. It will provide spaces where individuals and families can grow food for their own use and will help to spread the impact of the garden to even more people in the community who are in need.
On Wednesday, United Way will help kick off the spring growing season by sponsoring a work day at the garden. Volunteers will help with some spring cleaning, setting up new raised beds and putting down mulch to help suppress any weeds.
They will also be giving tours of the garden and will share their plans for the growing season.
According to a press release issued by the United Way of Wapello County, anyone is welcome to attend, regardless of experience level. The day will start at 9 a.m. and will continue until the work is done.