Unity Gardens holds Lasalle Square groundbreaking


Some South Bend residents spent their morning outdoors kicking off the growing season.

Dozens of families came out for the Lasalle Square Unity Garden groundbreaking.

Folks young and old got their hands dirty taking on the task of preparing and planting a raised bed in just 30 minutes.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg was on hand to cut the ribbon on two new greenhouses and a solar panel.

The Unity Gardens project began in the South Bend area back in 2008 with one single garden.

Five years later, it's grown to more than 50.
Unity Gardens manager Mitch Yaciw said there is always stuff going on.

“It's funny. The first year I came here, somebody said, 'I looked for a garden and I couldn't find it.' I said well, a garden is flat. And so now when you come out here, there are buildings and the kids have places to play and we have activities, always every Saturday we have activities for the kids out here, so it's just changed into a community here. It's almost like a park, and that's our goal is actually to make it more park-like,” he said.


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