The first berries of the season are beginning to ripen at a new community garden organized by the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital. The garden is located behind the Ambulance Garage on Ashmore Avenue. Project organizer Jessica Stettner says community members are welcome and encouraged to stop by for a sample. 

“So far we have honey berries, saskatoon berries, raspberries, and jostaberries planted. Later this month we’re going to plant an orchard with apples, pears, plums, and cherries. The goal for the food is for it all to be harvested freely,” said Stettner.

Eventually, there may be plots for individuals to lease and tend. Stettner says she hopes the garden will grow and evolve based on the communities interests and needs.

“We really want you to come out to the garden and have a sense of ownership. It’s not the hospital’s garden – it’s meant to be a community garden. We want people out there browsing the plants, eating from the plants, and eventually tending their own gardens,” said Stettner.

Individuals interested in learning more about the project are invited to attend the orchard  planting party on July 25 at 4pm.