NEBRASKA CITY – CHI Health St. Mary’s Administrator Dan Kelly cut the ribbon Tuesday on the Nebraska City Community Garden’s annex.
The lot northwest of the former St. Mary’s hospital had been used for decades as a drain way for a tributary to North Table Creek, but Kelly said the hospital envisioned it with a more health-oriented mission.
Kelly: “We made a promise when we did that ribbon cutting on that hot autumn day that we are going to do everything in our power to keep this community healthier. This garden is a team project that involved lots of people in the community that shared the same passion that we do and it’s a tiny step on achieving that goal.”
The new garden has 30, 20 x 20 lots available for gardeners. One of the lots was won in a drawing by Alex Goering, a mortgage lender from Auburn who is planning a salsa garden.
Goering: “I got all my canning stuff last year and I’m actually moving, so I needed a new garden spot for the year.”
Kelly credited Tree Works, Nebraska City Utilities, St. Mary’s and United Way. He said without a $10,000 donation from the United Way the garden would not have happened.
The garden is called the annex of the 2009 garden established along Steamwagon Road. Call NCTC to reserve a lot.