Hy-Vee donates grant for community garden to Market on Main

South Ottumwa Hy-Vee was notified Thursday that is has received a $5,000 grant for a community garden from its corporate office.

With the Market on Main Project gearing up for demolition Saturday and it being a food outlet like Hy-Vee, the $5,000 was donated to Market on Main for the community garden to be built on its property.

Seeing that the Hy-Vee didnâ??t have the appropriate space for an outdoor garden, this seemed to be the perfect match.

â??A kidsâ?? educational garden this summer, the money will go to supply not only the mulch and the soil, we're going to build nice raised bed gardens that we'll have also be able to make that into a nice looking area as well. We'll then teach the kids not only how to grow it but then we'll be able to teach them how to cook it and how to use it -- hopefully donating any extra produce to the food banks so the kids can see how that process works as well,â?? said Heather Ware, director of Market on Main.

Ware said that Hy-Veeâ??s new dietician will be helping to get the community garden going and that the two food outlets have a great working relationship.