Community garden vandalized in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Neighbors near the Oakview Community Garden in High Point are upset after someone trampled the garden and smashed out windows.

This year’s harvest is going to be a little lighter than usual, but the neighborhood kids will still pick what they can.  Still, it’s hard to ignore the mess.

"Couple windows out of the shed were broke.  Several of the plots were vandalized,” said Oakview Recreation Center employee Beth Farrell.

Tomatoes were toppled, support poles were yanked out of the ground and hours of sweat equity are gone.

"It was extremely disappointing," Farrell said.  "Nothing of value was taken.  It was strictly damage."

High Point police say an officer came across the damage while on patrol.  Investigators believe it happened around 3 a.m. Thursday, June 27.

"I've got a 6-year-old that's in the program myself,” Farrell said.  “And her biggest (question) was why would somebody do it?"

The rec center kids only grow in two of the plots.  The other 12 garden beds are rented out to the community for $15 a year.

"I was surprised when I heard about that,” Hersel Roberts, who lives nearby, said. "Nice neighborhood and everything.  We don't usually have problems.  I've been here since back in the late 70s."

Perhaps equally upsetting to growers is what the destruction means for the community.

"A portion of all the produce is donated to local food banks,” Farrell said.

Ten percent of everything grown at the garden goes to those who need it the most.

For now, the kids will salvage what they can and replant their portion of the garden come fall.

High Point police say they haven’t made any arrests.  The case is currently closed unless any new information comes up.