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Community garden built in hopes of bringing neighbors together in Scappoose

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Craig Marquardo, property manager at Scappoose Creekside Apartments, and Leo Mock open packages of seeds to plant in a new community garden in the apartment complex, Monday, May 9.Craig Marquardo, property manager at Scappoose Creek Apartments, and Leo Mock spent several hours on Monday, May 9, helping plant seeds in a newly created community garden at the apartment complex.

Marquardo helped create the 50-by-50 foot community garden in an unused floodplain owned by the city of Scappoose earlier this year for residents in the apartment complex to use.

Mock, a Columbia County Master Gardener with more than 300 hours of volunteer experience, helped Marquardo get started and will be on-call for people to ask gardening questions as they begin working the soil. The hope is to build a sense of community and bring neighbors together through the garden project, Marquardo said.