Education and revitalization are the main goals of the one-acre garden

Marice Phelipe

SARASOTA — Founders of the recently launched Limelight Community Garden are sowing the seeds of what they hope will be a large harvest of not only foods and florals, but of education and community resilience as well. 

Limelight Community Garden team (from left) Liz Plonka, Tracie Troxler, Julie Whitney , Just Alexander, and Kim Livengood.

Located in Sarasota’s Limelight district, just north of downtown, the formerly vacant lot is soon to be the home of a one-acre community garden that will provide homegrown vegetables, herbs, and florals. The Limelight Community Garden is the brainchild of Kim Livengood, owner of the Bazaar on Lime and Apricot. Livengood and her mother have owned the Bazaar for three years; she says that vacant lot bothered her since she opened her business. 

“I’ve been staring at this lot across the street for years. It became sort of an unofficial dumping spot, and it was such an eyesore,” Livengood said. “My mother and I were tired of looking at it, so we eventually talked to the owner of the property.” 

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