Green-thumbed Gig Harborites have a new opportunity to plant and grow their own food this spring.
Bill Sehmel, a PenMet parks board member, is working with the Morford family to develop a community garden. The project is not affiliated with PenMet.
The garden, Sehmel said, will be entirely community driven. He is looking for volunteers to not only plant but share in the development of the space.
The Morfords will offer the land and will pay for the well on the property.
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The family previously offered to donate the 16-acre plot of land as a public park. However, the parks board voted against adopting the property due to issues with parking and an easement on the land.
Rollin and Mary Morford have lived on the property since 1968. Rollin’s mother, Rose, had always hoped to see the open space become a public-use area.
Gardeners will have the chance to grow their own veggies as well as grow food to donate to the local food bank, Sehmel said.
Those interested should contact Sehmel at 253-732-5748.