A community garden grows in Nikiski

Nikiski is now a little green. Gardeners have planted and planted a garden near Heidberg Drive near Nikiski Community Park, and volunteers can plant and pick their own produce.

Nikiski’s Tony Lopp has been planning the project for some time and is doing his main work this summer. About one-third of the garden is now planted.

“The first five rows are potatoes,” she said. We are growing white, red and purple. And then we have two-and-a-half rows of zucchini and twisted-neck pumpkins. And then we have four rows of cabbage. And broccoli. ”

Lop wants the space to be available to people who do not own their own land or who do not know it why To the garden.

She sees it as an opportunity for people in Nikiski and beyond to volunteer and buy their own food.

If I don’t get many volunteers, the product will go to catering companies like North Methodist Church and the Center.

Nine-year-old Benjamin Lopp has been helping his mother in the garden. He does 4-H with his brothers.

He was very dirty. he said. And planting potatoes was easy. But the eyes on the potatoes like to pop. ”

Loop is waiting for more plants and volunteers to fill the rest of the garden.

“Anyone who wants to learn or give me wisdom is good – I’m ready to learn new things,” she said. Because now I am pulling more horses. Anyone can draw a horse. Anyone can pick up a stick. I didn’t have time to pull out all the roots and sticks, so there were sticks everywhere. ”

She had hoped to install high beds, but she had not yet raised enough money to do so. But she has received many donations and supplies from the community, including Everett acres, broccoli and cabbage. She says someone even donated a greenhouse.

Information from Tony Lope donors or volunteers can be found at 907-740-1476. Donations may be made to Jackie Carlson at the North Peninsula Recreation Center. Follow the garden on Facebook.

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