News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 17, 2013

Union Hospital community garden spots now available


Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Community gardening spots are now available at the Union Hospital Community Garden for Wabash Valley residents interested in planting and maintaining a garden but may not have the space. The garden is located west of the intersection of North Sixth Street and Seventh Avenue in Terre Haute at 1430 N. Sixth St.

Union Hospital is offering free 10 feet by 10 feet and 10 feet by  15 feet garden plots on a first-come, first-serve basis. Plots are being pre-tilled for gardeners this week, and the garden will officially open to the public during the First Annual Union Hospital Open Garden at 10 a.m. Saturday. A representative from the Purdue Extension office and the Indiana State University Community Garden will be onsite that day from 10 a.m. to noon to answer any gardening questions.

The Union Hospital Community Garden is completely organic. No pesticides or herbicides will be permitted. Gardeners will be provided with access to water and use of community garden tools to help them with their growing.

“Union Hospital wants to be a community leader in encouraging individuals and families to eat healthy,” said James Twitchell, Union Hospital community benefit specialist. “Hopefully by providing these free plots to the public, we can increase access to healthy foods in our community and encourage people to be active at the same time.”

In starting its first community garden, Union Hospital has received guidance from Indiana State University representatives who has been successfully operating a community garden for several years.

Union Hospital would like to extend a special thanks to area businesses that supported this initiative to start a community garden including Gurman Container, Bunch Nurseries, Indiana State University, The Apple House and Purdue Extension.

For more information about the garden or to register for a garden plot, visit www.myunionhospital.org or call the Union Hospital Marketing and Public Relations Department at 812-238-7657.