The Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital is hosting a planting party this Thursday, July 25 from 4 to 7pm at the new community garden behind the ambulance garage. The public is invited to help plant and mulch a variety of fruit trees.

Honey berries, saskatoon berries, raspberries, and jostaberries were planted earlier this year. Project organizer Jessica Stettner says community members are welcome and encouraged to stop by for a sample. “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.

Free brats, fruit, vegetables and lemonade will be served at the event on Thursday. Work clothes and garden gloves are recommended. Kids are welcome. To RSVP, call 320-321-8500.