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Jaden Potts, almost 2, explores the garden beds at a new community garden in Clear Lake Tuesday morning with assistance from mom Nikki Potts. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Jaden Potts, almost 2, explores the garden beds at a new community garden in Clear Lake Tuesday morning with assistance from mom Nikki Potts. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Darren Schmidt saw the overgrown, unused property behind his house when an inspiration hit last summer.

Why not turn the land into something to benefit others?

Thus was born a community garden.

In March, the garden was started on the property at 7870 Wheatland Road. The .25-acre property is owned by Clear Lake United Methodist Church, of which Schmidt is a member.

A portion of what is grown in the beds is given to Keizer Community Food Bank.

Schmidt’s idea started last year when he would help at the food bank on Thursdays and see the lack of fresh produce coming in.

“Last summer this land was sitting idle,” Schmidt said. “I asked people at the church about doing a community garden last winter.”

Though such an idea had been talked about before, this time it finally took root.


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