The Elm Creek Community Garden will soon be under the purview of Humanity House, a local organization that assists families in need.
Carolyn McLean, who opened the community garden with her husband, Val, more than 11 years ago, announced the changeover Monday on Facebook.
The McLeans are selling their home in Iola in order to move closer to family in Hutchinson, she said, and donating the garden land along South First Street to Humanity House.
“We hope we are leaving Iola a better place than when we both moved here,” McLean wrote.
Tracy Keagle, founder and executive director of Humanity House, said the garden’s operations will remain largely unchanged. Folks can rent out garden plots each spring and summer to grow produce to their hearts’ content.
Raised garden beds also are available for those with disabilities, and some plots are made available to low-income families.
IN AN UNRELATED matter, an article in Monday’s Register detailing Humanity House’s Christmas lights project contained an error.
The 50,000 lights donated by Modern Woodmen are a tremendous boon for efforts to decorate Iola’s and Humboldt’s downtown squares, Keagle said, “but we still need more.”
The Register erroneously reported the 50,000 lights filled Humanity House’s wish list.
To donate lights or other decorations, call Humanity House at (620) 380-6664.