The first growing season for Hermiston’s community garden is coming to a close, and organizers are already looking toward next spring.

Lovin’ Spadefuls, the Hermiston community garden, is expected to almost double in size next year after “overwhelming” success this year. “It’s been an unbelievable success,” garden coordinator Chelle Hankinson said. “It’s been amazing.”

Forty plots were prepared before the first plantings; growers developed another row of 10 during the season. Next year, organizers plan to expand the garden an additional 30 plots. The community garden in Umatilla, behind Umatilla Morrow Head Start’s Pine Tree office, will also expand.

“This turned out way better than we ever hoped or dreamed,” said Angie Treadwell, garden founder and Nutrition Services Director for UMCHS. “We couldn'tbe more pleased and happy with how this turned out. This would not have happened without Good Shepherd, without their support.”

Last week, garden representatives presented Kelly Sanders, director of the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation, with a poster showing the garden’s creation and growth in its first year. “It’s really gratifying to see all the excitement out there,” Sanders said. “I can’t believe how tall that corn is.”

Work parties to clean up the garden for the winter have been set for 2-4 p.m. Oct. 25 and 9-11 a.m. Oct. 27.

Organizers encouraged current and prospective plot owners to attend the work parties to take ownership of the site. Other community members who wish to volunteer time to help prepare the plots for winter are welcome.

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