Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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June 15, 2014

Queen's Garden

Jasper County Fair Queen promotes healthy lifestyle

NEWTON — Cheyenne Goss’ roots are planted in Newton in more ways than one.

As part of a campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle, the 2013 Jasper County Fair Queen planted a community gar­den in May and already her crops are booming.

The recent high school graduate has made strides of her own, too, as she is set to attend Belmont University in August, despite her ap­prehension to move away from home. “I have lived right here in this house my whole life,” she said. “It’s definitely going to be hard to leave home.”

Just as Goss’ family and close friends have offered her tokens to remember them by, Goss said through the garden, she is leaving a piece of her behind for the com­munity.

“We started it so people could eat healthy, and so people who can­not afford to buy food can still eat healthy and do it for free,” she said.

Just before Goss planted her garden, she learned the community had plans to prepare their own plot of land for pri­vate gardens.

“I talked to them, and we decided to do it together,” she said.

Goss maintains plots 8 and 16, where her younger sister has stuck a hand-painted sign that reads, “The Queen’s Garden.”

The past year has pro­vided Goss with a hand­ful of first-time experi­ences, including planting her own garden.

“My family has a gar­den, and I’ve helped, but I’ve never really done my own thing before,” she said.

Goss does have the help of her younger siblings for tasks, such as pulling weeds and watering crops, but their participation is bitter­sweet for Goss. Leaving her 7-year-old brother, she said, means leaving her best friend. “He tells me all the time, ‘You’re going to take me with you, and it’s going to be OK,’” she said. As much as leaving home will be a painful process for Goss, it will allow her to bring her healthy ways to Nash­ville, Tennessee.

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