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“It’s a community space, bringing together nonprofits that normally wouldn’t have a reason to,” said Andrew Bauer, director of finance and operation at the Nature Conservancy office nearby.

On Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., the Nature Conservancy is hosting a discussion about the collaboration at the garden. The panel will feature staff from the Nature Conservancy, No More Empty Pots, Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim and the Bemis Center. Information can be found on the garden’s Facebook page.

The garden itself is a mix, too, of native perennials and several varieties of produce.

“It’s designed to look like rolling sand hills and paths, so we could do classes and gatherings,” said horticulturist Nancy Scott. “One whole section is native plants, with a lot of native Nebraska wildflower grasses. It’s just lovely now.”

At the heart of the vegetable garden is corn grown from seeds donated by Sacred Seed’s Keen, a member of the Omaha Tribe.

The corn is planted in a traditional manner, with sunflowers to protect the plants from the wind and beans providing potassium. Squash plants below shade the ground, keeping it moist and preventing weeds.

“Taylor is the keeper of some of the seeds; some of the strains are sacred to the Omaha Tribe,” Scott said.

Many more heirloom seeds have been used to plant all types of vegetables and even watermelon. There are all kinds of herbs and edible plants and three kinds of naturally colored cottons.

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