If you’re a member of the Morrison, IL community, and you don’t have space for a home garden, consider renting a seasonal plot through Morrison Community Hospital. Established in 2010 as an outreach effort of the hospital, the Community Garden has become a wonderful opportunity for residents to grown their own produce.
Interested participants can rent a 10’ x 20’ plot for $25 each year. “The garden plots are plowed in the spring and again in the fall, so no soil preparation is needed,” explained Mick Welding, Marketing Director for MCH. “The hospital provides straw, water, and gardening tools to assist our gardeners.”
The hospital also plants and maintains five separate plots to supply produce for anyone who wants to pick it. “Each year, we have strawberries, raspberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and watermelon that are harvested by people in the community to supply food for their families,” added Welding. “Many of the community gardeners help weed these plots in order to maximize the yields.”
The City of Morrison donated the land for the plots, and it provides free water. “The Morrison City Council also gave us permission three years ago to plant four apple, two pear, two peach, and four cherry trees to allow residents to pick that fruit as well,” said Welding.
The Community Garden has provided gardeners with an opportunity to grow their own food, and has also helped people in need. “Last year I was weeding the garden, and a young lady and her son came over to check out the plants,” added Welding. “She mentioned she was out of work and asked if she could pick some vegetables for dinner. I helped her bag some produce, and told her about the community dinners the Morrison Presbyterian Church provides twice a month. The garden has been beneficial for our community in many ways.” For more information, please contact:
Morrison Community Hospital
303 North Jackson Street
Morrison, IL 61270