Bee Well seeking new garden site for Paris

Bee Well of Edgar County is seeking a new spot for the Paris community garden.

The site in a farm field behind Lake Ridge Christian Church has been in use since the community garden started in 2015, but it has a serious problem. It is common for browsing deer to eradicate plantings in the garden.

“We really have to concentrate on finding a spot,” said Mary Liz Wright. “The gardeners want a spot that is more visible and away from the deer.”

Bee Well recently secured a $9,000 Elanco grant to build a fence, which is another incentive to move from the borrowed garden site.

“If we are going to sink that kind of money into it, it needs to be permanent,” said Wright.

There was also discussion about incorporating an eight-week training program for children between the third and eighth grade into the popular summer Bee Well Fun Run program. The training program focusing on good running habits will conclude with a 5K run for the children. Finding adult volunteers to lead the training is key to making the project happen.

Leighsa Cornwell announced she will attend the Jan. 25 Paris Park Board meeting to explore options for installing outdoor exercise equipment intended for adult use.

The Prairie Press

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