The New Albany community garden is receiving financial help from another local organization: the New Albany Women's Network (NAWN).

The New Albany community garden is receiving financial help from another local organization: the New Albany Women's Network (NAWN).

NAWN is donating $1,500 for a rain barrel, said garden organizer Suzanne Lucas.

Lucas called NAWN's donation another way the community is supporting the project.

"People believe in this project," she said.

The garden area already has been cleared and extra clay was removed. Kurt Szabo donated a sod cutter and removed the sod from the garden area located behind New Albany Village Hall in May, Lucas said.

"It's amazing that people are donating their time to the cause just to see it get done," Lucas said. "They support it, whether or not they are going to be benefitting from it."

Lucas said not all of the people helping to establish the garden will be renting plots but they all share a passion for gardening and want to make the project a success.

Organizers have determined this year's planting should be what Lucas called a "test garden." They've ordered inexpensive raised boxes in which to plant and Lucas is looking for some volunteers to rent 4-by-4-foot boxes.

"This will be a test garden with 12 plots," she said. "We had to determine the size and study the soil, format and location, whether there's not enough sun or too much sun."

The garden committee also has been working with New Albany High School senior Wyatt McMartin, who is building a compost system for the garden. He is expected to present a lesson on the basics of composting to the garden members at a future meeting.

Lucas said the garden organizers also are working with the New Albany Community Foundation to establish a fund for the garden that will help the group expand the project. Foundation funds are established with an initial endowment and are allowed to grow through investments and other donations so that the fund supports the designated cause.

The community garden was formed through the Healthy New Albany initiative, which was organized by the foundation. Healthy New Albany was formed to address health and wellness issues and to encourage residents to become healthier.

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