Officials in Rutland hope a new community garden will help transform a crime-ridden neighborhood.
Several 40-foot-long planting beds now sit at the corner of Baxter Street and Park Avenue. The four beds will be divided into 16 plots, free for the community to use. The garden is located in a neighborhood with high criminal activity, and community members say they hope project will be a positive transformation.
"But over the last year, especially, we have seen a lot of positive energy going throughout the community. And we are seeing that community building and growing and coming together for these kinds of projects," said Jamie Stewart of the Rutland Economic Development Corp.
The project will be managed by Rutland's recreation department. Members of Sustainable Vermont will help inexperienced farmers get started.