Free Garden Plots Are Available
The Jackson Street Community Garden, through the leadership of the dedicated volunteers and staff of the Pax Center, is preparing to open for another season. To meet the growing interest in the community garden, the Pax Center has expanded the available garden plots, increased registration space in the Kids Summer Garden Club, and moved the community “u-pick” area to be more accessible to those in need. Through grants and generous donations from individuals, community organizations, and local businesses, all programs at the Jackson Street Community Garden are free to the public.
The 4x8 foot garden plots are available to individuals, families, or local community groups and businesses. Each gardener is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their garden space. But, mentoring is available for those that need help. All produce grown by the individual gardeners are kept by the gardeners unless they wish to donate to the share table. Nate Loucks, Chief Peace Officer and President of the Pax Center noted, “This little corner of LaPorte is not only a beautiful and thriving garden, but it’s also an environmental learning center for community members to learn about eco-living and becoming better neighbors.” Anyone interested in joining the Jackson Street Community Garden this year is encouraged to contact Jason Clemons (219-575-7842 firstname.lastname@example.org) or stop by the Pax Center on Washington Street.
The Pax Center is a food providing organization at 605 Washington Street in LaPorte. It was birthed when, in 2015, a generous donor gave State Street Community Church a former bar and nightclub. This building houses State Street's community service initiatives. With nearly 2,500 square feet of renovated space, over 10,000 people are fed each year through the food pantry and weekly community meals. The Jackson Street Community Garden is part of the Pax Center’s mission to create sustainable and healthier eating alternatives in economically challenged areas and bring education to the next generation about gardening and healthy eating habits.