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Editorial: Community gardens do good for many

A garden can be a wonderful thing. It is a way to get outside, to connect with the Earth, to bring more healthful foods into your day-to-day diet.

It can also be much more than that, a fact that is becoming clearer all the time in Farmington and Rosemount.

The trend started a few years ago when the Farmington School District launched its community garden. The modest plot provided a place for people who didn't have garden space in their own yard to grow something of their own. It was a gathering place. It also did good. The garden featured a plot worked by all members and planted with vegetables to be donated to the local food shelf.

The city of Rosemount launched a similar community garden not long afterward.

Now, options are expanding even further. Dakota County Technical College is introducing a sustainable-food program that will feature an on-campus plot. Students can learn there, and at least some of what grows will go to help the community.

We wrote about that program last week.

This week we write about a similar garden at St. Joseph's Church. Like the others, the church's Matthew 25 Garden is a community project, a place where St. Joseph School students can learn and a source of fresh food for people who might not otherwise have easy access to it.

That's a lot to get out of a few acres of dirt, but these projects are an excellent example of what can happen when people work together with the good of others in mind.

We hope it's a trend that continues to grow.