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Duncan Community Garden opens

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DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) - A non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults with disabilities officially opened its community garden in Duncan Friday.

The garden, run by Think Ability, is open to all members of the Duncan community and offers rental flower beds from $40 to $120 per year.

Think Ability owns several businesses that provide work opportunities for adults with disabilities, including jobs at a furniture store, a print shop and now, the community garden.

Tim Jennings is the Vice President of Think Ability's Board of Directors and said he thinks the garden will be huge for those Think Ability serves by giving them outdoor activities that they enjoy doing.

“It's going to be something our clients are really going to have a great time doing,” Jennings said. “It's going to be a great activity for them and allow them to get to know a lot more people in the community and get to work with people in the community."

A few people have already signed up for spots in the garden and they've already done some of the planting. City Manager Kimberly Meek said once the garden is full, it will benefit everyone in the Duncan community, not just those who are working in the garden.

"Lots of people don't have a place they can grow things,” Meek said. “Growing things gives people a sense of belonging and helps them be happier and lowers their stress, less depression. This also allows people a place to come to interact with other people, if they live alone, so it's just about everyone coming to the same place and finding a way to be happy and feel good."

The garden is located at West Beech avenue and North 22nd street and will actually serve as the permanent location of the Duncan Farmer's Market.

"It just makes sense for us that a farmer's market is paired up with a community garden,” said Chairman of the Duncan Farmers Market Shay Hayes. “That way when citizens, children and families come out in our neighborhoods to see the farmers market, they actually get to experience where their vegetables, their produce and their food comes from, teaching that whole farm to table mentality in our family and community."

There are still lots of beds available for rent and if you'd like one, you can get in touch with Think Ability Inc. here.

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