Boards around the plots will keep the dirt and water from spreading, he said.
Last year about $800 was raised by selling the harvest from the garden at the local farm market, he said.
Studebaker Nurseries donated the top soil for the garden, he said, and the fire department fills jugs to water the plants.
The garden is a great way to bring the community together, Krabacher said, and to bring people outside.
“We have a problem in this country, and it’s getting worse and worse,” he said. “People like to stay inside … you get to come out and exercise and talk with a lot of the neighbors.”
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The garden also prevents crime, he said.
“The more you’re outside, the less crime there is in the area,” he said, “because criminals don’t want people around.”
Neighbors have noticed less vandalism at the school, he said.
The garden is open to anyone in the community. A $25 fee is collected at the beginning, but if the plots are left well-groomed and re-usable at the end of the growing season, $20 of that money will be returned, he said.
More information about the garden can be found on the group’s Facebook page under “New Carlisle Community Garden.”