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City Garden Often Unnoticed By Residents

Tours were held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center’s garden on July 23. The garden, located in the back of the armory, often goes unnoticed by residents. (photo by Brandon Doerrer)

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Tours were held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center’s garden on July 23. The garden, located in the back of the armory, often goes unnoticed by residents. (photo by Brandon Doerrer)

By Brandon Doerrer

There’s a community garden behind the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. However, the garden often goes undetected by area residents visiting the armory.

“A lot of people come to the armory, but they never come back here,” Lisa Rittwegger, city resident and teacher at the armory’s Saturday morning enrichment programs, said.

Tours of the garden were held on July 23 to help “introduce the garden to the community,” Rittwegger said.

The tours also sought to attract potential renters, although the garden is at full capacity for the 2016 growing season. There’s currently a waiting list for a space.

The growing season runs from April 15 to Nov. 30. Fees vary on plot size. Wooden beds are $20 for a 4 foot by 10 foot space; a 4 foot by 20 foot plot costs $30. Beds made of cinder block are $25.

“(It)’s so important for all of us to know where our food is coming from, and this is the way to figure that out,” Rittwegger said. “You get to meet other people, you’re learning about gardening.”

The sentiment was shared by first-time garden visitor Lisa Timm of Cornwall. “In the city it’s hard to have gardening opportunities and this is right in your backyard,” Timm said. “I hope more people get involved and utilize it.”

To read the full article see the Friday, July 29 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post. 

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