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April 27, 2012

Leisure

Community Garden targets late-May opening

The new, expanded Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) South Post Community Garden will provide more opportunities for Families in Fort McCoy’s South Post Housing area to grow their own vegetables and other garden plants this year.

Mike Napsey of DFMWR who is the garden’s curator said the garden is expected to be open and ready for business around the Memorial Day weekend May 26-28. DFMWR and Directorate of Public Works (DPW) personnel started planning for the new garden area about three years ago when construction was announced for additional military Family housing units, which ultimately increased the number of units from 24 to 55 on South Post.

Because the former Community Garden site was not adequate in size to handle this increase in demand, a new site on South Post was selected and approved, Napsey said. The new site is approximately two-and-one-half times larger than its predecessor. The size and location of the new garden also was planned so it could meet any projected future increases in additional military housing on South Post.

Napsey said the scope of the project included excavating the new site, bringing in 10 inches of top soil, and installing a gravel access road to the site and a gravel pad to support the storage sheds.

DPW helped coordinate the excavating and gravel work through Troop Projects, with the work being done by the 996th Engineering Company from Milwaukee during training.

A fencing project to keep out deer and other wild animals was contracted through an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (contracting/procurement) Project. KTR Construction Company was awarded the contract and subcontracted the work to the Hayworth Fence Co. Inc. of Altoona, Wis.

The final portion of the project is to provide a water resource. Napsey said the project will include the installation of water spigots around and inside the garden area. This contract is expected to be awarded soon.

Final information for garden plot reservations will be announced as more information about the completion date of the garden is available, he said. Garden plots will be 20-by-20 feet, with a rental cost of $35 per plot.

South Post residents will have first priority in renting the plots, Napsey said. Active Guard/Reserve personnel, etc., will be the next priority.

Department of Defense civilians and retirees also can rent plots, if plots remain, after the requests of the military personnel have been fulfilled, Napsey said.

DFMWR will provide some garden tools for patrons to use for work in the Community Gardens. These include hoses for the water spigots, hand cultivators, rakes, hoes, shovels, and wheel barrels.

Gardeners will be responsible for choosing which plants they want to grow, purchasing/procuring the seeds and doing the work. Collaboration and assistance among people using the garden site is encouraged and supports the Army Community Covenant, he said.

For more information, contact Napsey at 608-388-6588.

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