Local soldier planning community garden in Mesa

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

MESA, Ariz. -- One local Valley soldier is doing his part to help brighten the city.

Corporal Drew Trojanowski is helping to plan a community garden in downtown Mesa.

Trojanowski said he got involved in the project after Mesa began their iMesa initiative, which works to find community development projects that the city can embrace.

“They were taking proposals and our proposal won, and they’ve been running with it ever since,” Trojanowski remarked.  

The idea behind the garden is to provide fresh produce to residents of Mesa and local businesses. Marco Meraz from the restaurant Republic Empanada is supporting Trojanowski and the garden.

“One thing that we had never planned to do was serve seasonal specials with ingredients that we grow ourselves, so that’s definitely something that we’re going to implement in the rotating menu at Republic Empanada,” Meraz said.

Trojanowski said maintaining the garden will be a community wide project. While there will be a board that tends to some of the operations, Trojanowski explained that the purpose of the garden is to give residents something they can work on together.

With Trojanowski set to deploy overseas soon, Mesa is working quickly to get the garden ready to launch. The project is set to get under way on September 11.