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WHOLE HEALTH: Community garden grows in its efforts to give back

September 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Like minds, some seeds and a little ambition brought to life a community garden in rural Whitley County this year.

The Whole Health Wellness Center, located at 1065 W. CR 150 N, officially broke ground this spring with the mission “dedicated to making a positive impact in the community by encouraging others and restoring lives.”

Its founder, Aimee Clark, of Columbia City, wanted to offer greener choices for her family. She noticed the same desire in other community members who also saw a need for a garden to help feed those in need.

“I am just amazed at what has happened during these past few months,” Clark said. “There has been so much going on. People come out of nowhere with great ideas and ways to serve the community. It’s been somewhat overwhelming, but in a great way.”

The center also was meant to serve as a way to educate families on healthier lifestyles.

“Our focus is on the overall health and wellness of our community,” Clark said. “We offer organic produce and natural cleaning products along with clean eating tips and recipes.”

Now the center is expanding its reach by partnering with the Whitley County YMCA to hold workshops on topics such as organic gardening, clean eating, green cleaning and recycling and repurposing.

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