Springfield Community Gardens

Michele Skalicky

A plot of land in the middle of Springfield where a murdered child was found in 2014 has been transformed into a peaceful place.

Hailey Owens’ body was found in the basement of a home that sat on the lot in the 1500 block of E. Stanford.  Craig Wood, who lived in the house at the time, has been charged with kidnapping and killing the ten-year-old.

The transformation of the site began in 2016, according to Greene County Master Gardener Jean Ackley, who said the house had been on the market and wasn’t selling.

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Cocktails and Wellies is tomorrow (6/10) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Lindberg’s Tavern, 318 W. Commercial Street, with live music, locally grown food, craft beer, local art and a silent auction.  Proceeds benefit Springfield Community Gardens.  Emilee Blansit and Kaycie Surrell talk about the event. 

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Springfield Community Gardens continues to expand with plans for a new plot in the city’s Zone 1 region. These gardens help bring the community together while producing food for local entities.

Alexa Poindexter, who manages the Market Garden, takes me through the rows of vegetables that it currently has to offer. The garden is one of nearly two dozen that Springfield Community Gardens has throughout Springfield. She says these plots often serve as points of contact with passersby.

Ray Kelly Park Volunteers
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A park in the center of Springfield has the usual park features—playground equipment, picnic tables and lots of green space—but a new feature will help feed area residents and is hoped to foster a sense of community.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

On a recent cool spring afternoon in the Ozarks, volunteers from Mercy were busy at Ray Kelly Park in the Meador Neighborhood shoveling dirt, loading it into wheelbarrows and hoisting it over the sides of raised beds to get ready for planting.

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Maile Auterson says Springfield can be characterized as a food desert - or  area vapid of fresh fruits and vegetables - which poses a major problem. Auterson is president of Springfield Community Gardens. On Saturday, SCG along with Habitat for Humanity, will conduct a ground breaking ceremony for Tom Watkins Community Farm.

This farm will provide locally grown organic food and be a place for agricultural education.