How does this garden grow?

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

One Grenada civic club has literally broken ground in an effort to support the local Soup Kitchen.
According to Rob Dambrino, Rotary president-elect, members of the Grenada Rotary Club and the Grenada Interact Clubs recently started their Life Garden Project, a new vegetable garden to benefit the Grenada Soup Kitchen.
Dambrino said the project organizer is Rotarian Clancy Sohn.
“She and Rotarian Steve Gard have made the project come to life,” Dambrino said. “Students from Grenada High School and Kirk Academy, members of the Rotary-sponsored Interact Clubs, will help plant, cultivate, grow and harvest produce that will be donated to the Grenada Soup Kitchen.”
The project will bring “farm to table” dining to local underprivileged families.
The garden is located at Jim Martin Park, located just off Highway 51 South. The Rotary Club requested use of the park for the garden, and that was granted by the Grenada City Council earlier this year.
“We appreciate the city council for letting the Rotary Club use the ground for the garden,” Dambrino said.
Sweet corn has already been planted, and gardeners plan additional crops of green beans, peppers, tomatoes, butter beans, squash and okra.
“We see nutritious food as a tool for not only helping end hunger, but equipping individuals with skills to feed themselves,” Sohn said. “We are using this as a tool for building heathier, stronger communities. We are all about food.”
After being allowed the use of the park, Rotary members took the necessary steps to be assured that the land could produce.
With soil testing from Mississippi State University and spraying completed, the groups were finally ready for work.

Students (from left) Alana Wallace, Bailey Wilkerson and Clancy Sohn plant corn in the Life Garden in Jim Martin Park.