Brainstorming session scheduled for potential community garden

The plot of land behind St. George's Episcopal Church, located on the corner of Second Street and the Copper River Highway, that is being looked into for housing a potential community garden. (Photo by Micah Hahn/for The Cordova Times)

A plot of land behind St. George’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Second Street and the Copper River Highway is being eyed for use as a community garden.

The land was originally offered by the church to the group of passionate gardeners and those interested in growing food locally in Cordova. However, much of the land closest to the street is owned by the state Department of Transportation and used for snow dumping in the winter, said project contact Micah Hahn.

“They’ve been super supportive,” she said of DOT.

A brainstorming session will take place 10-11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 7 at the Education Room in the Cordova Center to discuss suggestions, next steps and a future land proposal to DOT.

The meeting is open to the public. Ideas and suggestions are welcomed.

Hahn has created an online vision board, shared to the Cordova Community Gardeners Facebook page, that people are encouraged to add to. Find the vision board at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h2b_8nPxasIU3Z6QAdW-qDtiUbR3bGTfzlZRt5afi20/edit.

“I’m just trying to rally support,” Hahn said.

For more information contact Hahn at mbhahn@alaska.edu or 865-406-5929.

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Emily Mesner is a staff reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times. Reach her at emesner@thecordovatimes.com. Emily graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a degree in photojournalism with a cultural competency certificate. She first visited Alaska in 2016, working as a media intern for the National Park Service in Kotzebue and Denali National Park and Preserve, and has been coming back ever since. To see more photos, follow @thecordovatimes and @emilymesnerphoto on Instagram.