By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

Keizer will soon have its fourth community garden.

Tanya Hamilton is leading the charge for new plots adjacent to Charlene Carlson Skate Park on City of Keizer property.

Along with Marion-Polk Food Share, she’s hosting a work party from 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, July 28, at the site, shoveling soil and manure as volunteers prepare for next year’s planting season. MPFS constructed eight above-ground beds already. Gloves, shovels and wheelbarrows are welcomed, but not necessary.

“We’re getting excited about this fabulous time to connect with the community,” she said.

Hamilton wants to foster connections among neighbors, starting with her own small children: a four-year-old boy and eight-month-old girl.

“Not only is it important for them to see their neighborhood work together, but also be able to give back to the community,” she said.

Hamilton also plans a kick-off party during National Night Out on August 7.

“My whole goal was getting everybody to connect, support one another and grow as a community, and the best way I thought to do that was healthy food,” Hamilton said.

After an attempt to start one on undeveloped right-of-way on Brandon Avenue stirred up some fears among neighbors, Hamilton thinks she’s struck the right chord with this location.

“‘I’m hoping people will see how great this is … and get more gardens in Keizer,” she said.