If plans go ahead, the garden would sit in the back of Pilot Park in Monroe. Currently, the organizing groups are trying to judge interest levels before the plans go ahead.

The Walton County Extension Office  and the Monroe Downtown Development Authority are in the process of creating a community garden in Monroe.

Potentially, the project could start in Pilot Park this spring.

The effort started about two years ago, according to Walton County Extension Agent Joel Burnsed.

At that time, the idea was to put the garden in Childers Park, but then plans shifted to Pilot Park, which offers a more flat area to put the garden.

Burnsed and Kate Sanders, who also works for the Extension Office, have used their knowledge of growing and keeping plants healthy to come up with plans for the garden.

Now they are trying to hand the project off to members of the Monroe community.

Burnsed said the project targets people who don’t have the space to grow their own vegetables but would like to. Those people could pay a small fee to essentially rent space to grow their own plants. Many of the details have not been hammered out just yet.

“We don’t want to decide everything,” Burnsed said.“We really want the people who will enventually use the garden to figure out the details and take ownership of it.”

Anyone interested in the garden should contact the Extension Office at 100 N. Broad St. or at 770-267-1324.

Andrew Kenneson was a staff writer for The Walton Tribune from 2018-20.

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