Community Garden at Riverdale Park
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Gloucester Mayor Sefatio Romeo Theken and City Council President Paul McGeary, rivals in the upcoming mayoral election, share a laugh Wednesday morning following a ribbon-cutting for Backyard Growers' new community garden at the Riverdale Park housing complex. A group of civic leaders were on hand for the early morning event. The new garden, consisting of 16 four-by-eight-foot raised planting beds, is an expansion of a project that began three years ago to foster healthy nutrition at Riverdale. "Our goals," said Backyard Growers Executive Director Lara Lepionka, "are to increase access to fresh vegetables by having people grow their own, and to increase the consumption of fresh vegetables by providing new food preparation and cooking workshops for families."