- The new Galilee Community Garden opens May 15 for any who wish to garden organically. Plots of all sizes are currently available and can be reserved on a first come, first serve basis by calling 570 224-4178.

The garden is on the grounds of the Unity Grange on 544 Galilee Road in Damascus. Both experienced and beginning gardeners are invited to apply.

Gardeners are asked to agree to practice organic gardening methods, not using chemicals on their plots. A plant exchange will be held Memorial Day Weekend if gardeners would like one.

Gardening experts can be available Saturdays throughout June to help with any organic gardening questions and help get beginners started.

The Galilee Community Garden is sponsored by the PEARL Center for Rural Ministry, an outreach of the Damascus United Methodist Churches, in partnership with the Galilee Grange and other community partners.

Its goal is to provide a place for those who wish a garden can have one, meet community neighbors, learn about organic gardening, grow vegetables for eating and flowers for beauty, and find friendship.

If anyone wishes to donate plants, garden hoses, or garden tools to the Galilee Community Garden or would like more information about it, please call Doris J. Swendsen at 570 224-4178.