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Tama community gardens expected to bloom

April 11, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A community garden area should sprout in Tama this spring barring any last-minute obstacles. City council members Mike Carnahan and Doug Ray will be in charge of working out rules it was decided at the Monday night, April 7, council meeting.

The Tama community garden space is now planned on Harmon between 5th and 6th streets. The area will provide 12 plots. The garden space is planned to be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. A deposit, expected to be $50, will be charged to ensure those using the space will clear it at the end of the season with refunds made to those who comply.

Carnahan and Ray said they did not expect a lot of rules are necessary. Gardeners will have to furnish their own water for their spaces.

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The Tama City Council is nearing final approval to offer community garden plots on this city-owned lot between 5th and 6th streets on Harmon. A total of 12 gardens could be planted on the space. Stuart Eisentrager, Tama street superintendent recently measured and placed flags on the property to designate plots. The spaces will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis if the project gets the final okay.

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Carnahan first proposed allowing some vacant city property to be used by residents for vegetable gardens a month ago.

Since then he has been in contact with an official in Algona for details of such an offering there. Barnett Curry, a Tama police officer and former Algona resident, told council members earlier of the success of the Algona project.

Carnahan said there is also some consideration

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Originally considered for a location was city property on the northwest side of the Indian Hills Addition which is not suitable as a building site.



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