Alabaster resident creates garden for the community
October 9, 2012 by Mark
Robert Webb, a resident of Alabaster, Alabama, has started fulfilling a 20-year-long ambition over the past few weeks. Webb had noticed that, as the Alabaster population grew, people did not have room to have their own garden or, if they were lucky enough to have the space, it would be in a shaded area. Throughout the past 20 years, Webb has wanted to create a garden the whole community could enjoy. However, due to other demands on his time, this never happened until recently, when spare time made a community garden possible.
The garden is going to be on land owned by the Salvation Army on Alabama 119. Webb has spent weeks clearing the land, ready to plow it and make it into 70 plots, all measuring 20’ x 20’. The plots will be available for families to hire for $100 annually so that they can grow any vegetable they like, including potatoes and peppers. When the field has been cleared and ploughed, the land will be left until spring, which is when families will be able to plant seeds. Promotion of the scheme will encourage people to come forward and put their name forward for a plot, possibly using local flyer printing services to spread the word.
Once seeds are planted in the spring, Webb is willing to provide all labor, although everything grown on a plot can be kept by the family. Any vegetables which are surplus to demand will be donated to charity, helping others who are in need.