NORTH PLATTE, Neb. Benches, wooden frames and a fence will soon line the community garden bed.
Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful was selected as one of the top five applicants out of 90, who applied for the Troy Bilt Taking Root grant to compete for $12,000.
“We’re really honored just to be selected in the first place, that was really a huge honor, to win is even better."Executive Director of Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful, Mona Anderson. "It just really shows the support of the community.”
Support of the community is right, Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful received 11,928 votes to fund their project.
Kim Aurich gardens in the community garden and says this wouldn't have happened without the support from the people in North Platte.
"We really want to thank the whole community of North Platte for continuing to vote for our garden plot, it will make the whole area beautiful," said Aurich.
This is the first year Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful has had a community garden, winning this grant money will help kick start their ideas.
Anderson says they plan on adding a fence and paving stones along each of the garden beds as well as adding more elevated beds.
"What we’re planning on doing with the funds is we’re going to make some more raised beds. There is a handicapped accessible bed that’s already in place there. But we’re going to make some more raised beds in case people who aren’t able to get down on the ground and garden in the ground will have a place to garden," said Anderson.
Right now, the garden beds are for volunteers and those on the Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful gardening committee but by next year, they hope to have the garden open to the public.