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Published May 17, 2010, 10:08 PM

City Council Approves Community Garden

A community garden is on its way to Grand Forks after the city council passed a motion tonight for the garden near downtown.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

A community garden is on its way to Grand Forks after the city council passed a motion tonight for the garden near downtown.

Local business Amazing Grains has been pushing for a community garden and after much debate the council decided to vote for the garden.with a compromise.

Initially the garden was proposed for two lots near Minnesota and Fourth Street. The city council made a new motion to move the garden away from a neighborhood after residents were concerned about having it so close to homes. The garden will now sit north of the water treatment plant on the lot between south third and fourth streets. At the meeting residents expressed concerned about upkeep and maintenance as well as cost issues. They suggested it be moved to a non-residential area.

With the ok to move ahead, Amazing Grains will oversee a year-long pilot program. Amazing Grains board member, David Whitcomb, says they are hopeful for growth and development.

"I think overall we'll make good use of this compromise and we will move forward with the city. There's a lot of enthusiasm for finding additional land for this and I think we will be back with another proposal for something bigger"

The pilot program is a temporary test to see how the garden will work. If the garden is well-received it could become a permanent addition to the community.

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