WARRENSBURG - Anna Busser of Warrensburg thrust a shovel into dirt Friday in land behind the Main Street home of Ted and Robin Galusha, who are launching a community garden in their back yard.
"This is not only about growing good food, but meeting other people and sharing ideas, whether it's growing tips or organic solutions," Busser said as she worked.
Ted Galusha was busy nearby, staking off another plot for a gardener across town who was interested in growing a few crops.
"It's tough times, and people can benefit when they grow their own vegetables," Galusha said. "Home-grown is always better anyway, particularly when your own sweat is invested in it."
For years, the Galushas have raised vegetables behind their home at 4015 Main St.at the north end of uptown Warrensburg. For several seasons, their garden has yielded plenty, and they've occasionally set up a table in front of their home to hand out vegetables for free to passersby.
This year, the Galushas decided to take their generosity further, offering people small garden plots at no charge. They are lining up some assistance with materials and plants, too.
Busser and her sister Julia DuPrey together turned over soil Friday, with the intent to plant beans, corn and squash together as native Americans traditionally did.
"Growing locally, going back to the village concept - this is the new wave," Busser said.