Bloomington Fire Department Completes Organic Gardens

Bloomington fire fighters will soon be enjoying fresh produce grown at their own station.

Bloomington Fire Station

Photo: Simon Weber

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan and other fire officials open a new organic garden at Fire Station No. 2.

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan cut the ribbon at Wednesday’s dedication ceremony. He says the idea for the garden came two years ago when the city was at the height of studying its sustainability efforts.

“When you have the opportunity to showcase sustainability, food security and honestly just the fun that’s involved with organic gardening at our own fire department that serves as role models for the community, it’s the perfect fit.”

Kruzan says he hopes the garden will encourage the firefighters who live at the stations to embrace sustainability as part of their jobs.

Bloomington Fire Chief Roger Kerr says fire fighters have to provide their own food, so the gardens have become popular.

“This helps them in that they don’t have to buy as much food, which is a plus for anybody and the other thing is it helps them eat healthier,” Kerr says.

Bloomington-based Abundant Harvest Farms, a business offering education and products for organic gardeners will plant the garden. The fire fighters will water, weed and harvest it.

Watch this segment on “Indiana Newsdesk” Friday at 6 p.m.

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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