Organizers of the new Community Garden of Jacksonville at Nellie Crim Park have launched a campaign to raise funds for the garden.

Sandra Fry, founder and director of You! Empower, said the fundraising campaign began Friday, Nov. 15, and will go through noon, Dec. 15.

The campaign goal is $500, and the funds will be used to assist with the purchase of lumber for raised beds, fencing supplies, compost, installation of security lights, a drip irrigation system, seeds, plants, and much more, Fry said.

Half of the $500 goal was collected during the first two days of the campaign, according to Fry.

“When individuals donate to the garden, they are investigating in our community' s future. Their investment will help women and families thrive, as well as eliminate food insecurity in our community,” she said.

Volunteers Craig Scheler, Deacons Rhyne and Marshall, and Master Gardener Robert Selman assembled and installed raised beds at the garden on Nov. 9.

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