Gwen Fowler



Community garden growing in Greenville

Posted 4/17/2012 11:40:00 AM

A vacant lot behind Funnelicious in Greenville is being transformed into a community garden.

Mike Pennington, owner of Funnelicious, said the small lot wasn’t being used, and he saw it as a way to give back to the community.

Funnelicious, across the street from Fluor Field ball park, is a specialty dessert deli and restaurant that serves all types of deli sandwiches, salads, corn dogs, funnel cakes and some unusual specialties such as fried Kool-Aid and candy bars.

Hot dogs are also a specialty, including the ripper, a dog in a natural casing that rips as it cooks, and fries or chips with all types of seasonings.

The garden plot is 65 feet by 12 feet and has been divided into five plots, Pennington said. The restaurant will use two of the plots to grow things like tomatoes and lettuce to be used in Funnelicious. The others will be used by various groups, and community leaders are working on plans for the use of the plots, he said.

Staff and students from Greenville Technical College helped to lay out the garden. Lowes donated rebar and railroad ties that were used to form a retaining wall.

Pennington also has gotten help from Gardening for Good, a Greenville network of local community gardens that works to coordinate neighborhood redevelopment efforts, improve the health of residents and neighborhoods, and transform the city through gardening.

Funnelicious, which opened last summer, plans to supply the water for the gardens.