Community garden officially open

BLACKFOOT — Organizers and builders of the Blackfoot Community Garden celebrated the official grand opening Saturday with a ribbon cutting and plant sale.
Gardeners and volunteers have spent the last four weeks working on turning an empty lot into a community garden near the intersection of E. Airport Road and Teeples Drive.
Garden Coordinator Jon Lyksett has had the idea to start a community garden for several years and on Saturday he said it was great to see his idea finally come to fruition.
“It’s nice to be at a point where things are going to start growing,” Lyksett said.
Volunteer Nick Anderson said the garden is much more than a place to grow things and has helped to bring a diverse group of people together to help the community.
“It’s really breaking down a lot of barriers,” Anderson said. “We can help ourselves. This is testament to that.”
Gardener Steve Allen recently moved back to Blackfoot with his three children and said he wanted to help build the garden.
“I really wanted to get in on the very beginning of this,” Allen said. “It was just a pleasure to be a part of putting it together.”
Allen said he plans to participate in the weekly classes offered at the garden and hopes to become a Master Gardener.
The gardening seminars will be every Wednesday beginning this week and continuing throughout the summer beginning at 7 p.m. The classes will be taught by Master Gardeners and are free and open to the community.
The Blackfoot Sprouts, a junior gardening program primarily for kids ages 6-12, will also meet every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the garden for an activity session. New children are welcome to join—the cost is $5 and parents must sign-up their children.
For more information about the garden seminars or Sprouts, call Lyksett at 785-8915.