Community garden seeks support

Community garden seeks supportBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Locals are seeking support to establish a community garden in Ridgecrest. Tyrone Ledford, co-founder of Holistic Divine Innovations, initiated a fundraiser campaign on Facebook to help meet the organizations $20,000 goal.

“This community garden will serve the community by providing free produce and education on growing fruits, vegetables and herbs, which all ties in to mental health and wellness,” said Ledford.

Holistic Divine Innovations is an education-based nonprofit organization (EIN 84-4363533) that focuses on encouraging healthy and innovative ways of living by teaching self-sustainability through gardening, agriculture and herbalism.

Ledford, who also teaches child development courses at Cerro Coso Community College, said that the community garden will partner with local schools and organization to teach gardening and other self-sufficiency skills.

Earlier this month, volunteers gathered to clean up the plot of land for the proposed garden on West Haloid Avenue. The garden’s site plan is up for review by the Ridgecrest Planning Commission in July.

Funds will be used for permits, fencing, security, dozens of raised gardening beds, organic soil, compost, tools, a storage shed and more said Ledford. To donate or find more information, find the Ridgecrest Community Garden group or Holistic Divine Innovations page on Facebook.

Pictured: Some of Tyrone Ledford’s children, twins Malcom and Abrielle and older brother Maxwell, with the latest yield from their family garden. — Courtesy Photo

Story First Published: 2020-06-26