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Toms Brook community garden to break ground next month

St. Peter Lutheran Church, in coalition with Toms Brook community, is planning a community garden for citizens located within and around the town.

The garden will be planted behind St. Peter Lutheran Church on land owned by the church, on Main Street in Toms Brook.

An official groundbreaking will take place at 2:30 p.m. June 2 and will be hosted by St. Peter Lutheran Church and the garden Steering Committee. All interested persons are invited to come and share in this event as we break ground for Shenandoah County's first Community Garden.

A steering committee chaired by Connie Fauber and including members of the church and residents of the town, will guide the initial planning and planting of the garden, and Michael Neese, an employee with the City of Winchester, has offered his time and expertise to mentor the town's garden project. Neese has considerable experience developing and planting community gardens in and around Winchester.

The mission of the garden is to preserve the agricultural heritage of the Shenandoah County while developing a sense of community. The garden will provide a place for community members who have little space at their home to grow produce and educate on best practices for growing healthy food in a chemical-free garden.

The steering committee meets the first Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. in the church and is open to anyone interested. At this time, the plan is for a June 2 groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. in the St. Peter's church lot. For more information on the garden, email Connie Fauber at shenandoahluthern@gmail.com.


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