In the Spring of 2012, the Mayor’s Fitness Council was awarded one of five GRO1000 $25,000 grants from Scotts Miracle Gro Company and the US Conference of Mayors to establish a community garden at Lindale Park. The program is designed to help communities and its residents experience the benefits of community gardening and green spaces and support local hunger needs.
Working with the Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department, the Lindale Neighbors Association, TexAgrilife Extension Office, Master Gardeners and other community garden advocates, the Mayor’s Fitness Council designed and built the EDGE Community Garden at Lindale Park (located at 3313 Swantner near Ray High School). The EDGE Garden will focus on producing locally grown and healthy food options for area residents.
The EDGE Community Garden consists of 32 raised beds that are rented and managed by area residents, organizations and gardeners. Through an Adopt a Park agreement with the Parks and Recreation Department, the Lindale Neighbors Association manages the garden and its plots. If you’re interested in becoming a gardener at the EDGE Community Garden, please contact the LNA on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theEDGEgardenatlindalepark.
The EDGE Garden also recently partnered with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to build a display habitat in the garden dedicated to butterflies and bees. Robyn Cobb with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service donated the plants and EDGE gardeners planted four community beds with the following natives – Mealy Blue Sage, Milkweed, Red Yucca, Zexmenia Daisy, Blue Passion Vine, Mistflower and Compen Dais. The EDGE Garden hopes to attract and support our butterfly and bee populations, which are in steep decline. More pollinators make for a healthier vegetable garden.