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Daytona garden helping poverty-stricken residents

The Daytona Beach News-Journal logo The Daytona Beach News-Journal 6/15/2019 By Eileen Zaffiro-Kean, The Daytona Beach News-Journal
a group of people sitting on a bench in a garden: Derbyshire Place Community Garden in Daytona Beach, Friday, June 14, 2019. [News-Journal/Nigel Cook] © News-Journal/Nigel Cook/The Daytona Beach News-Journal/TNS Derbyshire Place Community Garden in Daytona Beach, Friday, June 14, 2019. [News-Journal/Nigel Cook]

DAYTONA BEACH — Kale, tomatoes, lettuce and herbs are starting to sprout in a new community garden in an impoverished area on the city's north side.

With most of the 36 growing plots rented out to residents of the Derbyshire neighborhood that's home to the new garden, dinner plates will soon include organic fruits and vegetables that until now were a pricey luxury.

For those who couldn't afford the $25 annual fee for one of the gardening plots, some were allowed to buy in for $10 while others were given a plot for free.

The garden, which celebrated its grand opening Friday, was created at Derbyshire Place, a faith-based community center that helps people who live nearby with a thrift store and various programs.

"There is not an urban garden like this anywhere in this area that services needy children and families," said Derbyshire Place Executive Director Miguel Rodriguez.

a person standing in a garden: Linda Flournoy works on her garden at Derbyshire Place Community Garden in Daytona Beach, Friday, June 14, 2019. [News-Journal/Nigel Cook] © News-Journal/Nigel Cook/The Daytona Beach News-Journal/TNS Linda Flournoy works on her garden at Derbyshire Place Community Garden in Daytona Beach, Friday, June 14, 2019. [News-Journal/Nigel Cook]

The 100-foot by 80-foot garden was developed on a grassy piece of land that had been an unpaved parking lot overlooking Derbyshire Road near LPGA Boulevard. There will be a garden manager to oversee things every day. And Derbyshire Place is getting expert advice from master gardeners with the University of Florida and officials with the Volusia County Health Department.

Anijah Irving, right, and Terica Charles work on their garden at the opening of Derbyshire Place Community Garden in Daytona Beach, Friday, June 14, 2019. [News-Journal/Nigel Cook] © News-Journal/Nigel Cook/The Daytona Beach News-Journal/TNS Anijah Irving, right, and Terica Charles work on their garden at the opening of Derbyshire Place Community Garden in Daytona Beach, Friday, June 14, 2019. [News-Journal/Nigel Cook]

The community center will also hold events to teach people to harvest, properly clean produce, grill and cook vegetables, and try different foods.

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