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Resident starts community garden in front yard in Coventry, Rhode Island

“People have asked me why my own front yard and I think why wouldn’t I? I have the real estate. I have the space and I have the time.”

By Kendra Lolio
Coventry Courier
May 8, 2017


“I like to be busy and this is a good way to give back to the community,” said Whittinghill, a semi-retired kitchen and bath designer. The idea for the garden came in February, when she had been mulling over options for landscaping on the property, trying to figure out what to do with the front lawn. Her home, which she bought 10 years ago, is set back quite a ways from the street, leaving her with a quite expansive amount of space and no idea what to do with it.

“Late February I was coming home and I pulled into the driveway and I was thinking about how I have to start working on the crab grass,” she explained. “Then it hit me.”

She had recently read an article about a woman in New York who decided to build a garden to feed the community on top of her sky rise apartment building.

“I just thought of course, why not, and that was where it started,” Whittinghill explained.

Read the complete article here.

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