City of Crestview gets Community Garden

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For years, Cathy Ward has dreamed of Crestview starting a community garden, so she recently formed the Common Ground Community Garden.

"What we found was that over the past 20 years fruits and vegetables have gone up almost 90 percent,” said Cathy Ward, Director of the Common Ground Community Garden. “That will continue to go up another six percent in the next two years. This is creating a strain on budgets, because at same time income has only increased by 23 percent. "

But feeding those in need is only one reason for starting the garden.

Ward believes it will also bring a sense of community to Crestview residents.

Besides people in need, organizers will give fruits and vegetables from the garden to local food pantries and soup kitchens, and families that help tend the garden.

Ward says her group has leased the land for the garden.

Volunteers are hoping to get grants and donations to fund the rest.

To donate or volunteer, you can visit