Schertz Community Garden
Seeds planted for Schertz garden
By David DeKunder – Staff Writer/Northeast Herald
The first seeds have been planted in putting a community garden in Schertz, which organizers hope will encourage area organizations to go green and help feed those in need.
With the backing of gardening enthusiasts, Guadalupe County Commissioners have set aside a piece of land at the County Annex Building in Schertz on Elbel Road to be used as a community garden for at least the next five years. County commissioners approved setting aside the piece of land, which is located along the north side of the County Annex Building, at its March 31 meeting.
The idea for putting the community garden at the County Annex Building site was made by Guadalupe County Master Gardeners, who urged Precinct 3 Commissioner Jim Wolverton to put it before county commissioners.
Bob Grafe, president of Guadalupe County Master Gardeners, said local master gardeners would help oversee the community garden once it is put in, but that it will be open to local churches and civic organizations who want to utilize it. Grafe hopes it will mirror the success of the community garden he helped start at the Guadalupe County Juvenile Detention Center in Seguin several years ago when he was the county’s juvenile probation officer. Juvenile probationers helped maintain and plant vegetables in the garden, with food being donated to the Christian Cupboard in Seguin.
“As the organization that will manage the garden, we absolutely want it to be shared with all community organizations in the western end of the county; it could be school, church or civic related,” Grafe said. “If they want to provide a service to their community, this is a great way to do it.”
Grafe said there is a need and interest for a community garden in the Schertz-Cibolo area, citing the overwhelming response of the Grow Local Festival sponsored by the master gardeners in February at the Schertz Civic Center.
“Hopefully, we can work with one or two food banks in the western side of Guadalupe County,” he said. “We have had inquiries through (Guadalupe) County Judge Mike Wiggins from Meals for Wheels asking if they might be able to participate. Obviously we think that is a great idea.”
On April 7, the Schertz City Council approved the county’s request to waive the installation fee for a water connection at the garden site, although the county will still have to pay for water usage.
Grafe said once a water connection is established at the County Annex Building site, he hopes to break ground on the new community garden by this fall or next spring.