Community gardens to grow thanks to grant

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- NeighborWorks Umpqua officials are hoping to grow community involvement thanks to a new grant.

Last week, the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians gave NeighborWorks a $7,500 grant.

The money will go towards several community gardens, including one at the future site of Eagle Landing, a home for veterans in need.

NeighborWorks already has several gardens in place, and officials say they offer people a chance to grow foods they may not be able to afford on their own.

But, more than that, officials hope they also foster a sense of home. "Because it gives everybody something to work for together, a common goal and a way to be outside and work side by side on the same project," said Arthur Chaput of AmeriCorps Vista.

Chaput says that construction will begin on the gardens sometime in the next few months.