Our Bountiful Harvests

What sorts of people enjoy gardening at our local community gardens?

A recent article in the Yankton Press & Dakotan featured four gardeners working at their plots on a mid-summer day. Though they differ in backgrounds, a common thread is their enjoyment of spending time outdoors and appreciation for the produce from their efforts.

The atmosphere here at the gardens is as welcoming as bees to this gardener grown sunflower


One of the gardeners is Noah Anderson, a local 17-year-old who’s been gardening at least five years. His family gave him ornaments for the garden, but he keeps it mostly weed-free.


Diane Reese is a retired psychiatric nurse who sometimes looks out her window in anticipation to see if plants grow overnight in summer. She appreciates the raised bed gardens available for upright gardening. Here are her tomatoes.


‘Whopper’ tomatoes are one of Kevin Buhl’s favorites from this season. A fish researcher, he likes the alternative of dry land vegetables and fruit for a productive hobby.


Milt Haar is an experienced gardener with a strong science background and works for the National Park Service at Yankton. He volunteers with Missouri Valley Master Gardeners. First-year gardening in Yankton, he is pleased with the bounty of his plots.


Community gardens in Yankton are administered by Healthy Yankton organizers Angie O’Connor, Sister Julie Peak, Cindy Nelsen and Susan Thorsen in cooperation with the City of Yankton Parks & Recreation Department. Angie tells about the community gardens this season and prospects for interested gardeners next year.


Here’s the link to the full article to find out comments from each of these people willing to share with us:


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