Fremont Area Habitat Raising Funds for Community Garden

FREMONT – The Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity is growing something a little different this spring. The organization will be breaking ground on a free and open-to-the-public community garden soon.

The garden will be located at 712 W. 1st street. Habitat has built 30 homes in that neighborhood. Community gardens provide an opportunity for people to enjoy nutritious food at little or no cost. People who garden tend to eat more fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. As well as providing fresh nutritious produce for the gardeners and their families, community gardens provide the opportunity for people from different backgrounds to come together. Gardens help foster a sense of ownership and community.

“Habitat has built over 30 homes in the area near our garden, and we hope the garden will help enrich the community,” said Emily Jones, volunteer coordinator for Habitat. “The garden is completely free and available to anyone in Fremont.”

The Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity was the recipient of a Keno Grant from the City of Fremont, and needs to match that contribution. “We must match the grant we received from the city, and are hoping to raise $1,500,” said Jones.

This money will help provide a fence around the property, water hookups, raised bed materials, soil and amendments, and the spring crop. Habitat has partnered with Raising Cane’s to hold a fundraiser this Thursday from 6-9.  20% of sales made during that time will be donated to the Community Garden project.