The RC&D program was initiated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1962 to help people care for and protect their natural resources as well as to improve an area’s economy, environment and living standards. The Wiregrass RC&D was authorized in 1967 and its offices are located in Ozark. Grant applications can be found online at wiregrassrcd.com.Recreation Director Brook Beasley said the cost to use one of the plots is $15 and that includes the raised plot, soil (already in place), the use of water, sprinklers and gardening tools. She said to help insure gardening success her department makes sure the plots are watered each morning. Gardeners must provide their own seeds.According to eartheasy.com, raised garden beds, or garden boxes, are ideal for growing small plots of vegetables and flowers and “keep pathway weeds from the garden soil, prevent soil compaction, serve as a barrier to pests such as slugs and snails and provide good drainage.”Contact the recreation department at (334)598-3111 for more information about the garden.
Thirty community plots are available for a small seasonal fee for planting vegetables, flowers or even herbs. Here, Parks and Recreation Director Brook Beasley, left, supervises maintenance employee Darwin Mason, right, preparing a plant box at DIG Park.