Cultivating a Community Spirit

By Sharla Bardin, The Oklahoman, April 26, 2018

Thunderbird Clubhouse representatives Nicola Mariott, left, Kathy Pate, Sherri Blethrow and Melanie McKinney-Shell prepare garden beds for vegetables and herbs.
Thunderbird Clubhouse representatives Nicola Mariott, left, Kathy Pate, Sherri Blethrow and Melanie McKinney-Shell prepare garden beds for vegetables and herbs. Photo by Sharla Bardin, for The Oklahoman.

 

NORMAN — Organizers of a new garden in Norman, Oklahoma, believe the project can help cultivate community interaction and nurture an appreciation for nature.

The inclusive garden also features raised garden beds and sidewalks by the boxes that offer easier access for people with physical disabilities or those with mobility challenges.

“It’s very accessible for everyone,” said Cathe Fox, who has helped coordinate the project and serves on the Cleveland County disABILITY Coalition.

The coalition is one of the sponsors of the community garden, which opens this month. The project aims to bring agencies, individuals and families together so they can “learn more about each other in a fun and productive way,” Fox said.

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