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      Discover a love for gardening at Common Ground

      A community garden provides a service to people that is not only sustainable but educational.

      A community garden provides a service to people that is not only sustainable but educational.

      For a garden in Hannibal, it thrives off of the hard work of volunteers.

      During the spring and summer, the garden has to be watered constantly, and there's always planting to be done.

      The Common Ground Community Garden was started in the summer of 2013 through a collaboration between the Hannibal Parks and Recreation and activist Jessie Dryden.

      "What we do is try to address basic needs and concerns," Dryden said. "You have health being one, nutrition being the second, and education being the third that we really try to actively pursue here."

      Dryden says the garden has a group of consistent volunteers, but numbers are small.

      "We're reclaiming things that man had destroyed, and returning it to nature and doing something really creative and beautiful with kind of a blank canvas," said Dryden. "It's been kind of incredible to see the transformation in the past year."

      You don't have to be an expert to get involved with the garden.

      Dryden says as long as you're willing to share your time, you'll be welcomed.

      "This is what the garden is all about," Dryden said. "It's to establish a common bond or an uncommon bond through something that we've practiced for generations, and that is gardening, farming and growing your own food."

      If you'd like to learn more about volunteering with the garden, there's an informational meeting being held on Thursday, May 29, at 6:00 p.m. at the community garden, which is located at 322 South 8th Street in Hannibal.

      The meeting is also a potluck, so you're asked to bring your favorite vegetable dish to share.

      Dryden will also be teaching workshops throughout the year related to gardening.

      The next one will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 9:00 a.m at the community garden. This workshop will focus on watering a garden.

      If you can't attend these meetings or would like more information on volunteering with the garden, you can call the Hannibal Parks and Recreation at 573-221-0154, or click here.