Amack's Well fundraising for Community Garden composter

May 1—BATESVILLE — The Batesville Community Garden needs a composter, and Amack's Well chose this need as their April community project.

The coffee shop on Batesville's Square is displaying information about the garden and hosting a single-basket raffle with a basket of items from their shop and the Shine Holistic Center.

Prizes will be drawn April 30 and tickets are $1 each.

Aside from the raffle, the garden holds an annual fundraiser selling painted metal garden stakes. The stakes are painted by Batesville Intermediate School students with proceeds going to garden needs.

"It provides a place for all families to come together to share their love of gardening while providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to anyone in need," garden coordinator Cindy Weisenbach said.

The Community Garden features more than 20 raised garden beds, five private beds rented by community members and a recently planted orchard. Crops include potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, peppers, onions, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, peas, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and apples. Private beds can be rented with a donation.

"This money helps continue the growing process," Weisenbach said.

Beyond the garden beds and orchard, there's also an herb garden, tool shed with tools, roofed shelter, seating, ADA accessible beds and a pollinator garden.

According to Weisenbach, the garden's rules are quite simple.

"Take what your family needs and pull a few weeds while you're there!" she explained.

She added that everything has gone well over the past three seasons,

"We've had very minor vandalism," she said, but "the garden has been well kept. The great news is, all the food is being taken!"

All funds raised from the the Amack's Well raffle will go towards a composter. Weisenbach is exploring purchasingone for approximately $600.

"Composting," she explained, "can show children as well as adults the importance of reducing, recycling and reusing [biodegradable items] while providing valuable nutrients for our raised garden beds."

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