Douglas County employee garden is thriving

Five years ago, the Douglas County employee garden grew as an initiative of the Court Wellness Committee and a grant it received from WorkWell Douglas County

This year, there are a dozen employees who take care of the garden: planting, watering, weeding and harvesting. They added a trellis this year, which has several varieties of green beans and cucumbers growing on it. In the spring, they planted an early spring crop of lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, radishes and sugar snap peas. This summer, they are growing tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, Swiss Chard and a variety of herbs.

“I love being a part of the garden crew,” said Mary Beth Diaz, Assistant Court Trustee for District Court. “I have made connections with other people who work in the building that I would not have met otherwise. And I really enjoy sharing extra produce with co-workers.”

The garden crew consists of employees who work in the Douglas County Courthouse and Judicial and Law Enforcement Center. The garden is located on the south side of the Law Enforcement Center.

Mary Shultz