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Posted on Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 9:40 a.m.

Dexter community garden's second year produces more than 580 pounds of produce

By Lisa Allmendinger

In its second year, the Village of Dexter Community Garden was deemed “a growing success,” by organizers.

The number of 20 by 20 foot plots increased from 10 to 16 plots this year and in September, four raised gardening beds, designed for gardeners with impaired mobility, were added as part of an Eagle Scout project, said Melissa Kesterson, garden coordinator.

“We can now bring people in who haven’t had a garden in a long time,” she said, adding that she planned to contact the Dexter Senior Center to see if there was interest from any of the members.

She told the Dexter Village Council Monday night that what was most gratifying was the information provided by gardeners in a survey.

“A highlight for me were the surveys that came back and the amount of food that was shared. It draws from many parts of our community,” she said.

According to the survey, 63 people gardened in a plot this growing season and food was shared with friends, co-workers, Faith in Action, extended family, neighbors and immediate families. In total, about 583 pounds of produce was shared with about 226 people during community garden’s 2011 harvest.

Among the produce raised by the gardeners was peppers, onions, tomatoes, corn squash, potatoes, Swiss chard, beans, zucchini, cucumbers, strawberries, corn, cantaloupes, watermelon, carrots, cabbage, lettuce and pumpkins.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Dexter stories, visit our Dexter page.


Ann English

Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 10:05 p.m.

You wrote "corn squash". I'm sure you meant, "acorn squash". It's a mistake that spell-check can't catch.


Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 3:18 p.m.



Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 1:18 p.m.

Glad to read about good news. This community garden is certainly a success story. Here's wishing them continuing growth.