Vandals did damage to the Community Garden at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody.
DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Vandals destroyed the Dunwoody Community Garden at Brook Run over the weekend, causing more than $4,000 worth of damage, killing 300 produce plantings, and almost short-circuiting efforts to supply 50 to 60 pounds of produce weekly to the St. Patrick's Food Pantry. But they did not destroy the spirits of the volunteers who make the garden work for hundreds of needy families throughout metro Atlanta.
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Each week more than 125 community gardeners tend individual plots that yield lettuce, tomatoes, onions, squash, peppers and sweet potatoes -- enough to provide fresh produce to 60 DeKalb County families.
Damage to the garden was discovered Saturday morning. Volunteers worked all weekend to restore what they could -- replacing fences, signs and plantings.
But they could not do it all.
The 11Alive Help Desk stepped in to lend a hand.
The Desk teamed up with Home Depot, who moved quickly to send "Team Home Depot" volunteers to assist in plantings and provide seedling flats.
Costco, located just a few miles from Brook Run Park, stepped right up to replace all of the produce lost in the vandalism, so the Food Pantry would not lose a beat in its donations.
The garden has teamed up with the City of Dunwoody to offer a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandals who caused the damage.