Crittenton Centers celebrates garden expansion

By WEEK Reporter

Crittenton Centers celebrates garden expansion

August 26, 2013 Updated Aug 26, 2013 at 9:57 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- There were no bad seeds at the Crittenton Centers Monday night as the group celebrated a nearly $60,000 expansion of its community garden.

The Crittenton Community Garden serves as a place to educate families about health and nutrition.

The expansion project includes the addition of several container gardens, a sensory and butterfly garden, and extension of the current walking trail, which is still under construction.

"We trying to promote healthy lifestyles, healthy eating, exercise, just over all a well balanced life,” said Sarah Chapman, Project Director, Crittenton Centers. “We're going to create a little educational area with mushroom seating, a place where the classrooms can come out and enjoy nature."

The expansion project will continue into the next year, with the addition of more platform gardens and a playground.

The community garden is located at 442 West John Gwynn Junior Avenue in Peoria.

It is free and open to the public.