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Committee seeking to improve properties in Nokomis with community gardens meeting October 24 - Heartland Newsfeed

NOKOMIS (Heartland Newsfeed) — A steering committee called Nokomis Community Gardens will be meeting at Ugly Mugs Coffeehouse on Tuesday, October 24 at 7 p.m.

The interim chair of the committee, former chef Harrison “Skip” Graden, is seeking to establish solutions to the eyesores of empty lots around the City of Nokomis as part of a mission to beautify the city, but also give back to the community at the same time.

The meeting will discuss the various eyesore properties within the community and discuss options to make those properties nicer than what they were previously. The garden, or gardens, will enable the production of fresh vegetables to those who participate in the project, for disabled and elderly residents who unable to tend their own gardens and for distribution for those seeking help from the Nokomis Christian Missions, Nokomis Food Pantry and the American Red Cross.

Community gardens have been popping up across the country and throughout the world and it is the committee’s mission to make the community visually appealing and provide a service to those in need, as well as those who assist with the project.

Graden offered several ways to get involved:

  • By following the NCG committee page on Facebook
  • By sending an email regarding your interest and your best method of contact
  • By attending an organizational meeting, which will be held at Ugly Mugs Coffeehouse in downtown Nokomis
  • By signing up via an interest sheet placed at various local businesses within the next few weeks

Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. He is general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks and an active contributor to four newspapers for Pana News Group. He also serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party and Capital Area Libertarian Party, deputy candidate recruitment director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman/co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus.

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