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Mayor seeks community garden

Photo by Heather Middleton
This 2.5-acre lot is being tilled to cultivate Lovejoy’s new community garden, started by Mayor Bobby Cartwright. The garden will be at 2601 Steele Road, next to the Sacred Praise United Methodist Church.

Photo by Heather Middleton This 2.5-acre lot is being tilled to cultivate Lovejoy’s new community garden, started by Mayor Bobby Cartwright. The garden will be at 2601 Steele Road, next to the Sacred Praise United Methodist Church.

LOVEJOY — Plants across the Piedmont Region are blooming, each in their own time but with a furor that residents can see, feel and even taste.

That yellow hue of tree and flower pollen means spring has arrived in earnest to the Southern Crescent. It signifies the beginnings of another growing season.

Lovejoy Mayor Bobby Cartwright said he is hoping for that in his city, which sits near Clayton County’s more rural panhandle.

He spent part of Tuesday tilling the pollen-coated earth, prepping it for what he hopes will be a flourishing community garden. The 2.5-acre lot is on Steele Road.

Cartwright said he is seeking grants and donations to sustain the garden. His plans are to have a mixture of plots for flowers and vegetables.

Cartwright said the garden would function as a community gathering spot, a harvest garden for “healthier food” options and as an educational tool.

“I’m hoping that the schools will be able to come out and do some field trips,” he added. “We need to be service-oriented.”