Community Gardens Sow Positive Relationships

Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. has invested in providing community gardens to area residents of Chautauqua County. The goal is to not only provide people with easy access to fresh produce, but promote healthy lifestyle choices as well.

The first “Little Sprouts” garden was planted on May 31 at Arrowhead Apartments in Dunkirk. Another garden was planted at the Holy Family Center location on June 7, and Lake Shore Family Center and the Salamanca Youth Bureau started their gardens the first week of June.

Community members from Chautauqua Opportunities programs such as Arrowhead residents, Early Education parents and children, and Health, Youth, and Work Force Development are working together to grow beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and squash along with several herbs as well.

Experienced gardeners will share gardening tips and create friendships as they share duties such as planting, watering and weeding. A culmination of the project will take place at a community event in August, where garden fresh pizzas will be served.

The community garden would not have been possible without gifts from donors in the area. They included tilling, seedlings, free education for volunteers, rain barrels, watering buckets and pails, and gift cards to Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Kmart and Wegmans.

For more information on the services that Chautauqua Opportunities offers the community, call the Jamestown office at 661-9430, the Dunkirk location at 366-8176, or log on to www.chautauquaopportunities.com. Chautauqua Opportunities strives to create economic opportunities that afford each individual a ladder out of poverty and improve the overall well- being of the entire community.