The EDDA owns 2.2 acres of land at 419 Oak Street, approx. 10 blocks south of downtown. When the city demolished the blighted houses of the Mill Houses at this location and handed the site to the EDDA, it was decided to make it into a Community Garden.
The concept evolved into what it is today; two separate projects sharing some common goals but having different emphasis and management.
1. The Community Garden leased plots. The main area of the site is devoted to 12′ by 20 ‘ plots which can be leased by the public for $50 a year.
2. The SE corner of the site is a Butterfly Habitat, known as Butterflies & Blooms in the Briarpatch. This area ( approx. 1/10 of the site) is managed by Virginia Linch, a passionate Butterfly advocate. Ms Linch has a group of folks who help plant and maintain this area. To learn more about this visit their Facebook page, or contact Virginia Linch at firstname.lastname@example.org.