Hop beaut trees300CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. (4/26/13) –Today Kelly Jackson, Hopkinsville Beautification Commission Chairman and University of Kentucky-County Extension Office Horticulture Agent, announced the planting of a community orchard and garden on Broad Street. Another example of ongoing collaborative Inner-City REZ revitalization efforts, this project truly showcases the continued importance of public/private partnerships.
 
Located two blocks from Challenge House I on Central Avenue, the orchard reflects the vision of Challenge House ambassadors Nathan and Ellen Ragsdale. It will consist primarily of apple and pear trees and provide the neighborhood with access to free, fresh fruit.
 
Considering the several years it may take for orchard trees to bear fruit, plans include installation and planting of brambles and strawberries in raised beds. This will allow the garden to produce for area residents during its first year.
 
Jackson noted, “People need more fruits and vegetables in their diet. Community orchards can be a valuable asset to our neighborhoods because they provide easy access to fresh produce. After talking with the Ragsdales, we felt like the orchard would be an easy first step in gathering community support. And since the partnerships for funding, maintenance, and land were already available, this project made sense.”
 
The Hopkinsville and Christian County Landbank Authority owns the land where Broad Street Community Orchard is planted. The land is leased to Challenge House, Inc. for the orchard. Christian County Extension Office will oversee tree planting and has partnered with the Micah Mission Center for funding of plants, lumber, and compost. The Ragsdales have agreed to then maintain the orchard.

For additional information about the orchard, please contact Kelly Jackson at (270) 886-6328 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Nikki Radford
Photo provided by HCC

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Lady Mustangs Turn Back Crittenden County, 6-2

GREENVILLE, Ky. (8/28/15) — The Muhlenberg County Lady Mustangs defeated the visiting Crittenden County Lady Rockets… Read More

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released - Aug. 28, 2015

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/28/15) — The Madisonville Police Department released the following reports Friday, Aug. 28.… Read More
1 DOW 16,643.01
-11.76 (-0.07%)    
2 S&P 1,988.87
+1.21 (0.06%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,828.33
+15.62 (0.32%)    

Most Read This Week

August 24, 2015 10997

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 6111

Alleged Burglar Calls 911 to Report Fire

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 5044

UPDATE: Four Dead, Two Survive Boating Accident

by SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 4587

All is Well after MNHHS Lockdown

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 4217

MPD Coducting Sobriety Checkpoints

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

August 06, 2015 16019

Muhlenberg Woman Reportedly Suffers Violent…

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 10997

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

August 28, 2015 1532

Two Webster County Residents Injured in Hopkins…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 29, 2015 1425

'He Fought the Law ... but, the Law Won'

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 1371

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

by SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 1198

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
August 29, 2015 1042

UK Part of First Study on Marijuana Compound…

by SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 1029

Rep. Montell Proposes Bill to Stop Sweeping of…

by SurfKY News
August 29, 2015 1026

All Occasions Formals to Host Celebration to…

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 29, 2015 974

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Following Week

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 766

Kentucky High School Football Schedule

by Steve LeMaster
August 28, 2015 738

Rep. Gooch, Others Argue against Burden Caused by…

by SurfKY News