Accessible Garden Being Built In South Bend

Mar 6, 2020

Unity Gardens breaks ground on accessible garden on March 6th, 2020.
Credit Annacaroline Caruso / WVPE News

South Bend will soon have an inclusive, accessible garden. Unity Gardens broke ground Friday on a new garden tailored to people with limited mobility.

Sara Stewart started Unity Gardens in 2008 with the hope of making fresh food more available for people with low incomes.

Stewart said she’s been wanting to add an inclusive and accessible garden for a long time now.

“It’s not so easy in a garden to get around especially if you have mobility issues or back issues. Gardening can be rough.”

So Stewart was excited when a group from South Bend-Mishawaka Leadership approached she with the idea of creating a garden that can be used comfortably by people with disabilities.

It’ll have raised beds so people can easily pick the produce and plant seeds. There will also be specific wheelchair garden beds and a solid walkway to make getting around easier.

The garden is located on Prast Boulevard and is set to be completed in May.