TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A community garden serving the Terre Haute community was announced Wednesday by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.
The garden will be a partnership between the authority and reTHink, a nonprofit working to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills through zero-waste shopping, community gardens and plastic up-cycling. Based in Terre Haute, ReTHink is working in the Ryves neighborhood to build communal gardens to provide fresh produce to the community. They currently have six community gardens.
“This project is a great example of a community leader seeing a need and finding a solution,” Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said. “CreatINg Places is a great program through IHCDA for Hoosiers to come together for a cause that benefits the community.”
Crouch, who is involved in the partnership, said the project “Community Rocks Vegetable Garden” is currently in its fundraising phase, with a goal of $5,000 by Aug. 30. If the goal is reached, Crouch said Terre Haute residents will have increased access to locally grown foods.
If successful, the project will also be awarded a matching grant as part of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s “CreatINg Places” program.
“Funds from this campaign will be used to help in creating a vibrant Ryves Neighborhood by painting 15 big boulders with happy vegetable cartoons, emojis, seating and park benches, high raised beds for accessibility and a mural,” Shikha Bhattacharyya, executive director for reTHink, Inc., said in a news release. “This will bring joy and vitality to a neighborhood that has been ill famous for blight and poverty.”