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Garden of opportunity

There's a spot for everyone - and their produce - at the Broadway Gardens in Superior's North End. For the past five years, garden boxes have been available to community members, but the resource has been underutilized.

There's a spot for everyone - and their produce - at the Broadway Gardens in Superior's North End. For the past five years, garden boxes have been available to community members, but the resource has been underutilized.

"We have had at the most up to six people rent boxes, and we have 15 boxes," said Chris Watten, a member of the Superior Council for the Arts, which organizes the gardens. So in past years, they have used some of the extra boxes to grow food for the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA). This year, they hope to use four boxes to grow food for a number of area organizations, Watten said. But the group is still searching for fellow gardeners to turn the site on the corner of Hammond Avenue and Broadway Street green.

"As a group the council is looking at that space as being an art space and a community green space," Watten said. "We are happy that the community is getting involved with the space because it is a reflection of the neighborhood and the city."

Even if your thumb isn't green, you can grow your own food. The Lake Superior Master Gardeners will provide gardening expertise. Many local independent greenhouses have provided vegetables and manpower for the renters in the past, Watten said. Water is available on site and tools will be available during group work days. Once a month, renters will gather to discuss concerns, answer questions and teach and learn from each other.

"We want it to be a place for residents to enjoy, use and learn about nature," Watten said. "Also we want it to be an art space. Gardens and art go hand in hand."

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Planting is tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-May.

The rental fee is $10 per box with $5 refunded back when the renter cleans up their garden at the end of the season. To rent a box or two, call the Superior Council for the Arts at (715) 392-6007.

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