COMMUNITY GARDEN: Group efforts produce fresh options for families

COLUMBIA CITY — Aimee Clark, of Columbia City, had a vision to offer healthier options to families within Whitley County.Like many parents, Clark wanted to search out chemical-free foods and cleaning items to protect her children from possible side effects.When she began her research online, Clark found she was not alone. In February, nine people were standing in her kitchen discussing how to make healthier options available to others.The brainstorming flush-ed out an idea — a community garden. Now Clark’s home, located at 1065 West 150 N, sits among three gardens, and the nonprofit group, Whole Health Wellness Center, is operational.“I am overwhelmed by how quickly this has all started,” Clark said. “It’s really not because of me, but because of everyone else who have joined together to make this happen.A group of more than 50 community members make up five different committees all focused on making a positive impact in the community.“We want to encourage others to see that this is a mental and a physical blessing,” Clark said.Another activist within the center is Regan Fry. When her baby began to have allergic reactions, she started to seek out alternative foods. That led her to be connected with the wellness center.To read the rest of this story, see the June 4 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.