Interlakes Community Action’s (ICAP) community garden is thriving and in full bloom at its new location in the northeast part of Milbank. A $10,000 donation from First Bank and Trust was recently used to improve the site and grounds. The City of Milbank donated the land.
“We are so grateful to First Bank and Trust and the City for their donations,” stated Steph Bagaus of ICAP. “It will provide more opportunities for families to grow healthy produce.”
The money was used to erect a chain-link fence around the grounds as well as purchase a mower and a shed for storage. The remainder of the funds went to pay for water, hookups, and supplies.
The gardens were previously located at Lake Farley Park, but the soil became unusable. Currently, there are 10 gardens plots available at the new grounds, each 25’x 25′ in size. Six are growing produce. The grounds have plenty of room to expand as additional gardeners become interested.
“The gardens are open to anyone,” explained Bagaus, “and anyone can use the produce. This is perfect for those who live in apartments or don’t have an opportunity to garden at their home.” Gardeners provide their own seeds and care for the plots as well as harvesting them when ready.
ICAP does have a garden project for those interested but unable to afford the seeds. The garden program is based on income and eligible participants can receive a voucher to purchase seeds and live plants.
For questions and more information, please contact Steph Bagaus, ICAP, in the Grant County Courthouse, at 432-6571.