Faith United Methodist Church in Superior hosts a harvest party from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct 21, to celebrate its new community garden.

"That thing really blossomed," said Don Johnson, chairman of the church's board of trustees.

The garden was planted in two empty lots beside the church. From a trio of boxes in late June, the site has grown to encompass 21 raised beds filled with vegetables and herbs. Another dozen are planned for the spring.

Food shelf participants have been encouraged to dig up and grab produce as it ripens, including fresh herbs and beets. Johnson said red tomatoes have been snapped up by neighbors, as well.

Thank-yous have been sent to those who made the garden possible. H&H Lumber, Campbell Lumber and Manions all donated lumber for the raised beds. Plants were donated by Dan's Feed Bin, the Goodgarden Company and Engwall's.

Youth group members from throughout the state poured energy into planting the garden during the annual Wildfire event in July. Superior High School senior Sierra Wilson helped coordinate the work for her senior project.

Donations are still being taken to pay off the cost of the dirt for the project, but Johnson already has his sights set on future connections.

"One thing I'd like to do is have elementary schools start seedlings for planting there," he said.

Sunday is a time to celebrate the garden and share the bounty. Three beds of potatoes will be pulled up during the event and hot dogs, chips and soda will be available.

Information will also be available on opportunities for community members to dig into the garden next year.