Community gardens in Omaha are growing in popularity. Sunday morning, a group put down their garden tools and got on their bicycles for a tour around town.
"It's a great day for a bike ride,” said Jo Bartikoski. “Thank goodness the heat has broken and it’s just a fun way to get to know the other gardening people in town." Bartikoski was one of the bicyclists participating in the Tour de Garden.
With more and more gardens sprouting up across the city, this gave people a chance to learn more about them. “It's just fun,” said John Kilpatrick. “I like to see what’s going on in the neighborhoods and see what they're growing."
One of the gardens they stopped at was City Sprouts at 40th and Seward where people can rent a space and plant vegetables, fruits, or flowers. Farm manager John Huebscher explained why these gardens are becoming so popular. “I think a lot of people don't have space, there's more people living in apartments and don't have space."
He also said people are trying to be healthier, both the older generation and the younger. “There's a large segment of young people, you know, 25, 35, in that age range that are just super, super green and they are really leading the force so to speak to eat healthy and grow their own food."
There was something new for the bicyclists to check out at each garden. Many said it’s a fun experience and they may just discover they too have a green thumb.
The tour ended at the Benson Community Garden where there was a party with a raffle, music and a salsa contest.