Stealing from Community Gardens

Several gardeners are finding someone's helping themselves to fresh produce. The big question - is it a giant misunderstanding or is it a crime?

Mary Ferguson’s been getting her hands dirty for the past 6 years in the community garden she uses. But she says, this year mites aren't the only thing robbing her of a good crop!

Mary points out,”Like if they steal a lot they go over all these gardens, they're getting into hundreds and hundreds of dollars, charges would be pressed."

Charlie Lewis has a long history in this garden. He remembers when there was no water at all.

Neighborhood farmers want to remind people: The term "community garden" doesn't mean the community can help themselves.

Another gardener says, "I haven't lost anything myself, but they do say watermelons don't last very long up here. They seem to disappear."

Mary Ferguson is hoping it's all a misunderstanding. The bottom line is, it's hurting her bottom line and like a lot of weekend growers. She wants it to stop.

There are several gardens like this around our region. Mrs. Ferguson says if it doesn't stop, she'll try to set up some sort of organized garden watch!

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