Rent Onalaska garden space to improve your health and benefit the community

You can improve your health and your community at the same time through gardening.

Mayo Clinic Health System and the Onalaska Parks and Recreation department hosted an open house Monday at the Onalaska Community Garden.

Visitors were able to rent their own 400 square foot plot in the garden to grow fresh, healthy produce. Renters were encouraged to donate 10-percent of their harvest to those in need, and money raised goes back into the community.

“The costs help cover the cost of the garden, and then — the balance is then donated to a local food pantry,” said Sustainability Coordinator Cindy Shireman.

The garden can be found on Theater Road next to the Franciscan Healthcare Onalaska clinic.