Community Garden plots available

NEW ULM – Twenty-six New Ulm Community Garden plots remain at the Putting Green EcoCenter.

“We are still looking for participants, and that is ok, as the weather is delaying us beginning garden preparation and tilling,” said Putting Green Executive Director Tracie Vranich.

She said the 4-foot by 25-foot plots are recommended by Master Gardeners for their accessibility and improved efficiency instead of traditional garden plant rows.

Each participant can rent up to three 100-square-foot plots for $35 each per season. Tilling, water and tools are included.

Putting Green and MRCI WorkSource, the largest provider of community-based, supported employment in Minnesota, joined forces in 2007 to launch the Growing Green Minifarm, a community supported agriculture (CSA) project.

Goals of the project were to provide nutritious, locally-grown food; provide educational experiences including information on food choices for a healthier planet while employing adults with disabilities.

Last year, due to higher labor costs, a collaborative team decided to create the New Ulm Community Garden at Putting Green. Educational sessions and growing advice will be available from Master Gardeners and other area gardening experts. The Heart of New Ulm Project recently became part of the project.

A separate garden plot will be developed and managed by Putting Green staff and a college intern, along with volunteer garden participants. Produce from their plot will be donated to the New Ulm Area Food Shelf and families in need.

Vranich said there is capacity at Putting Green for 150 to 200 garden plots.

“We’d like to include younger and older people as Community Garden participants,” Vranich said. “It can be a great learning experience, gets people active outside and allows them to learn where good food comes form.”

For more information including gardener applications, contracts and waivers and releases, visit

Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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