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Growing Local: Community perspectives

Editor’s note:

Over the past eight months, Urbana city officials, including the mayor and the city’s community development department, have worked with residents in the Lierman Neighborhood to help secure land and water for a community garden on the corners of Lierman and Washington streets. We asked resident Robin Arbiter to talk more about the garden and its goals and challenges.


By Robin Arbiter

Participant, Lierman Neighborhood Action Committee

Our neighborhood is one in which there are many health, wellness and safety issues.

Pam G. Dempsey/Residents from the Lierman Neighborhood plan to turn this vacant lot into a community garden. The garden will provide fresh produce in an area where grocery stores are more than a walk away.

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