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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Residents of Carbon will begin planting seeds in Ernie's Garden Saturday, at 10 a.m. [Order this photo]
Saturday will mark the second year in a row members of the Carbon community will gather together to pay tribute to one of their own.

They will do so by growing a garden.

Carbon resident Shane Wilson-White recently told The Brazil Times Ernie's Garden, a tribute to Ernie Egloff, would kick off this Saturday.

Carbon residents will gather at the garden this weekend to begin planting.

"We made it a little bit larger this year," Wilson-White said. "Some new neighbors are really excited about it. We're going to have less variety, but more of the things that we intend to put up for winter."

Wilson-White said the residents plan to grow tomatoes, sweet corn, green beans, peppers and hot peppers this year.

"My husband wanted to experiment with the hot peppers," she said.

Wilson-White helped organize the community gardening effort last year in memory of her former neighbor, Ernie Egloff.

Egloff was a retired science teacher and had a large garden he tended.

He died in January 2011. After his passing, Wilson-White decided to pay tribute to her neighbor by starting the community garden.

Heading into this year, Wilson-White said several children in the Carbon area have expressed an interest in getting involved.

"The kids are really excited," she said. "We've received a lot of positive feedback from the kids. They think it's a real neat thing, when they put the seeds in the ground and then they can take it home.

"Last year, we had probably 12 children involved, ranging from ages 3-12. This year, we've got at least 15 who are going to come and help, if not more."

In addition, she said the amount of adults interested in being a part of the community garden has grown, saying approximately 40 people have expressed interest in taking part.

Wilson-White said Jack Mitchell donated seeds for many of the plants for the garden this year.

A full schedule of events is set to take place Saturday when the seeds will be planted.

Wilson-White said prior to planting the seeds, which will begin at 10 a.m., there would be a brief remembrance of Egloff.

Following planting the garden, a cookout will take place.

"It's good fellowship," Wilson-White said. "It's real teamwork."

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