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Zephyrhills council gives blessing to community gardens

ZEPHYRHILLS – Community gardens are a go.

The City Council passed the second reading of an ordinance Monday that amends city zoning laws to allow communal gardening anywhere in the city, except for the airport. The measure stems from the city's sustainability plan, which points to community gardens as one way to create a greener city.

City Planner Todd Van de Berg told council members he'll put together a small group of interested residents to scout potential locations and lead the way in getting the first garden started. There has already been some community feedback on possible sites, including a church and the high school, Van de Berg said.

Community gardens are lauded for their ability to attract gardeners – and gardening wannabes – of all ages and backgrounds to create fresh produce and educate young people about the food they eat. A similar ordinance allowing community gardens was passed February in New Port Richey.

Zephyrhills council gives blessing to community gardens 04/09/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 12:18pm]
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