HOBART | The heirloom tomatoes, strawberries and herbs Linda Papp is growing in her community garden plot won't go to waste.
The fresh produce will be used in dinners and drinks served at 54 Bistro Main, the restaurant she owns with her husband in downtown Hobart.
"We'll use everything. I just wanted to get our roots in here and be part of the community garden," Papp said.
On a recent weekday, Papp was at her garden plot tending to plants in place and adding new ones.
"This is nice. Everyone here is going to have a nice garden," Papp said.
The community garden plots, at a fee of $20, are being offered for the first time this spring to Hobart residents, city parks Superintendent John Mitchell said.
The 10-feet-square raised bed plots are located in Fred Rose Park, off 8th Street and next to the maintenance shed, Mitchell said.
About 24 plots were available at the beginning of spring. Five were still available as of Thursday, park officials said.
The parks staff provides fertilizer and waters the gardens, Mitchell said.
Planting by participants began right around Mother's Day weekend.
The idea for the community garden came from a conference attended this spring by Raeann Trakas, Hobart Special Events Coordinator, and parks employee Julie Mandon.
Trakas called the program a "green initiative."
"A number of other communities are doing it throughout the state, and it offers another service to residents," Trakas said.
For information about the Hobart Community Garden, call the Hobart Parks Department at (219) 942-2987.