Independence is getting ready to break ground on its latest community garden.

Independence is getting ready to break ground on its latest community garden.


The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. May 1 at Community Services League, 404 N. Noland Road, on the city-owned land behind CSL, just off of Noland Road on White Oak.


It will include planting one of the 20 beds in the garden. The garden will eventually supply summer vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, green beans, cucumbers and other warm-weather plants to help feed residents from the neighborhood surrounding CSL.


A $17,536 Community Development Block Grant funded the garden, and other grant funds were used to purchase dirt, seeds and plants. The Buckner Yellawood Plant donated wood for half of the beds, the Independence Public Works Department cleared and leveled the lot in preparation for bed construction, and the Water Department installed water lines and spigots for the garden.


Contact Joanie Shover, the city’s community garden coordinator and health educator, at 816-325-7185 for more information.